Tag: Entertainment Software Association

News: The Museum of Modern Art to showcase video games

by on Feb.04, 2013, under Art, Articles, Culture, Gaming, News, Video Games

So the MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, is building an exhibit that will be open in March. But what will the contents of this exhibit be? Video Games!? But Video Games Aren’t Art! Or so plenty of critics want to claim.

Except that legally, they are, according to United States Supreme Court. But some of modern culture seems to have hang-ups over the idea. Video games are not new. They’ve been around since the sixties. Yet they’re only now starting to receive mass acceptance, mostly because the adult world has grown up with them. The average age of a person who plays video games is 30 years old, according to studies done by the Entertainment Software Association.

But that isn’t the only reason. Even people under the age of thirty might question the artistic value of video games, and I’ll agree, as a whole, most video games are created with the intention of being entertainment to make the creators money. But not all. And even those video games which are created with this intention can have significant artistic merit, for which Mike Rugnetta from PBS’ Idea Channel happily provides many examples.

That is because video games are a unique type of medium. Unlike almost every type of artistic endeavor commonly accepted as art, video games have interaction. Which is what the MoMA is focusing on for their first exhibit.

Are video games art? They sure are, but they are also design, and a design approach is what we chose for this new foray into this universe. The games are selected as outstanding examples of interaction design—a field that MoMA has already explored and collected extensively, and one of the most important and oft-discussed expressions of contemporary design creativity.

The exhibit opens on in March in New York City and will feature 12 different video games from classics like Tetris, to more modern video games like Portal and flOw, and will attempt to expand to many other types of video games.

Video Games: 14 in the collection, for starters by Paola Antonelli [Museum of Modern Art]
Video Games as art [Wikipedia]
Video games can never be art by Roger Ebert [Chicago Sun Times]
Sorry MoMA, video games are not art by  [The Guardian UK]
Top 5 Most Artful Video Games with Mike Rugnetta [YouTube PBS Idea Channel]
Industry Facts [Entertainment Software Association]

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ESA, E3, Extra Credits, and SOPA/PIPA

by on Feb.22, 2012, under Articles, Culture, Gaming, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media

So amid all the protesting of SOPA and PIPA over the internet and the calls for US Citizens to talk to their lawmakers, a small group of people are trying a different tactic. Going after the pockets of the corporations that are pushing for such a huge change.

You might remember a TEDTalk I posted during the SOPA/PIPA blackout day that discussed the origins of SOPA and PIPA and how it was really an attempt by media companies to restrict technologies in such a way as to keep people consuming rather than sharing. Effectively to keep their revenue streams. So several people such as Red 5 Studios, Extra Credits, Loading Ready Run, and more have decided to target one of the major institution that support this bill: the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) which, among other things, puts on E3, a major video gaming convention and one of their primary revenue sources.

Let me share with you their video.

So yes. They want people to protest E3 until ESA pulls support from SOPA and PIPA.

This would be a really effective effort to help curb further attempts by media companies. You can find out more information about how to help with the following links:

Extra Credits: Stand Together

Ars Technica: Why one game developer is skipping E3 to start an anti-SOPA crusade

 Screw Attack: Stand Together

Change.Org: Boycott E3

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