In a new opinion piece just posted to WIRED, President John Maeda writes in support of MoMA’s decision to add selected video games to its permanent collection – a move that has caused something of a furor in art world circles.
illustration: Ross Patton/Wired
“I would argue that in some cases games edge past being design to being art,” Maeda contends. He goes on to point out that “video games take our minds on journeys, and we can control and experience them much more interactively than passively – especially when they are well designed. So the creators of a game haven’t ceded the responsibility of their personal visions; rather, they allow a space for users to construct their own personal experiences, or ask questions – as art does.”
Take the time to read the full piece. It’s well worth it.