New videogames exhibition opens at V&A

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The V&A is hosting a new exhibition in celebration of videogame design – Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt.

The exhibition explores the craft of the videogame design process and culture since the mid 2000s including blockbuster titles from leading studios such as Nintendo to small independents.

Highlights of the exhibition include character design sketches and drawings, animations, research footage, and inspirations behind a series of individual games.

There are also interviews and opinions from influential game makers and commentators about their role in society.

In a third section, the world of real and virtual videogame communities is explored, including an immersive installation that explores the role of player as co-creator with examples of fan art and cosplay.

Finally, the exhibition delves into the culture of grassroots DIY arcade gaming including interactive installations and homemade games created from an eclectic mixture of random objects and electronics.

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A said: “There is a rich universality to videogames in contemporary culture. This is the right time for the V&A to be building on our active interest in videogames to investigate this exciting and varied design field at the intersection between technology, engineering and broader visual culture, presenting the influences, inspiration and debates that define it. There is a wealth of creativity to explore, from the craft of the studios to the innovation of the audience as players. This exhibition provides a compelling insight into one of the most important design disciplines of our time.”

The exhibition runs from 8 September 2018 – 24 February 2019 in room 39 and the North Court. Advance tickets are £18 or free for V&A members.

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