The Aesthetics of Gameplay


The Aesthetics of Gameplay

This group celebrates games as an art form and the artwork that is such an important part of contemporary digital, analog, and augmented reality games.

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Comment by Cynthia Beth Rubin on August 28, 2014 at 9:16am

I encourage members of this group to read Greg Garvey's curator's text on The Aesthetics of Gameplay.

Any additional thoughts on his text? Especially this key statement:

However, the nominators were not shy about challenging the very raison d’être of such a show, demanding a more nuanced definition of “indie” (not triple A or mass-market?), even questioning a proposed format for this online exhibition restricted to images, text and links. After all, games are interactive – a game must be played especially if the goal is to showcase that unique combination of a fundamental game mechanic coupled to the aesthetic elements. Indeed, game mechanics arguably have an aesthetic in and of themselves.

Comment by Darold Davis on December 3, 2011 at 1:49pm

I posted this on your page. When I hit "Add Comment" I can see it uploaded, but looking at you page of other posts, it doesn't appear.

Let me know if you can see this (and the ones on your page)

Comment by Jacki Morie on December 2, 2011 at 9:17am

That is an amazingly thought provoking article Glennis! Thanks for sharing it.

Comment by Glennis McGregor on December 2, 2011 at 2:13am

You may be interested in my guest post on the Art History Blog 3 Pipe Problem Modes of Renaissance Colour in Italian Art and 3D games

Comment by Darold Davis on November 30, 2011 at 4:57pm

Games AS art: The Aesthetics of Play

Comment by Philip Sanders on November 12, 2011 at 6:31pm

@ Darold Davis re Games vs. Art: Ebert vs. Barker

It seems to me that they're both dancing around the main topic, which is that games are a form of creative expression which can be classified as art, and which will continue to gain cultural acceptance and appreciation. Whether that art is good, or great, or accomplished or relevant seems to me to be more useful questions. For what it's worth, the NEA now includes games as an art form that is eligible for their grants.  -

Comment by Darold Davis on November 12, 2011 at 7:41am

The Old School Video Game Art Show at Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA

Comment by Darold Davis on November 12, 2011 at 7:37am

These shows have passed, but I thought they were still worth posting. Maybe SIGGRAPH could sponsor or co-locate a future event?




Video Game Art Show iam8bit


Comment by Darold Davis on November 12, 2011 at 7:10am

The Art of Video Games


3rd floor North, American Art Museum
March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012


About the Exhibition

The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. The exhibition will feature some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers . It also will explore the many influences on game designers, and the pervasive presence video games have in the broader popular culture, with new relationships to video art, film and television, educational practices, and professional skill training. Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems, is the curator of the exhibition.

Read more at the link below

Comment by Darold Davis on November 12, 2011 at 7:05am

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