A visual immersion into the core and history of the gaming community, Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt is a unique deconstruction of all things gaming. Everyone divided on whether video games classify as art form is ready to be proven wrong as hardcore gamers and newbies alike are catered to in this interactive display that spans beyond the contemporary era and into the ether of inspiration behind video games today. Consider it a crash course into the video game mania that has drawn in 2 billion players.
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Opening Hours: Sat-Thurs 10am-5:45pm
Go behind the curtain and into the literal world of all your favourite and future favourite video games. From Journey, Splatoon and The Last of Us, the curators have stripped beloved games all the way down to concept art and prototype. In taking us above and beyond gaming culture, the exhibition dares us to ponder how these virtual, alternative worlds are created, as well as everything it takes to make us engrossed in them. Marie Foulton, curator, describes popular perception of games as ‘a medium purely for entertainment, or for children, assuming that it lacks the ability to engage with complex subject matters.’ Her exhibition is determined to debunk just that.
In order for viewers to ‘go out and create games, to go out and play them, to go out and find respect for them’, Marie has curated the maze that starts in room 39 to make the audience absorb the process, before they get to enjoy the finale. A true arcade of games forgotten, the exhibition can draw you in for hours and promises to convert naysayers into true believers. As a reward for your curiosity, at the end of your journey you will be met with an array of arcade machines with all the quintessential titles of gaming history. If you’ll simply have to miss it, or just want to go again, word is on the street that V&A Dundee will add it to its roster this year…
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