What is the first game you remember playing?
By any chance, do you know the name of the first commercially successful video game?
It was an arcade game called Pong released in 1972.
In the 50 years since then, games have evolved into many different forms as technology has evolved.
From console games to online, mobile, and streaming games, the technology that creates the worlds in games has evolved by leaps and bounds, even to the point of sometimes making it hard to distinguish the boundary between the virtual world in games and the real world.
The grammar and aesthetics of games also permeated contemporary art and visual culture.
As the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum housed their first game collections in early 2010s, gamification entered the museum world.
With their audio-visual interface design techniques, imaginative storytelling, immersive experiences, and social interaction, games are now considered one of the most responsive mediums of our time.
In this exhibition, nine games are presented alongside 30 works of contemporary art that utilize the grammar and aesthetics of video games.
These games including select loans from the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are installed in a way for visitors to get a sense of operating the game controllers.
Shall we now dive into the Game Society together?