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Tech Beat: Museum of Modern Art puts video games on display
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There's good news if you're a parent who thinks your kids play too many video games. It turns out they might just be really devoted art lovers.
The Museum of Modern Art has become the latest high-profile museum, along with the Smithsonian, to acquire video games as part of its collection.
Fourteen games are being shown in an exhibit called Applied Designs.
"Interaction design is a very important part of our lives, and it's a form of design," Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art said. "When we go to the bank and take out money from the ATM machine, that's a form of interaction design. Some of it is good. Some of it is bad. It's the design of the behavior or the relationship between people and machines, and video games are a great way to really understand that rapport."
The museum staff says it looks at the games very similarly to how it looks at the the furniture that shares the exhibit space.
"Video games are a form of architecture," Antonelli said. "There's really a spacial savviness to them. The way they evolve through time is important, so time is another idea. Experience, the design of the experience."
Folks at the museum say getting video games in here was a learning process for them and a learning process for video game developers. But it's a learning process that will pave the way for future exhibits like this.
"Companies and designers are educating the museum about what it means to acquire code and to acquire a game, and we are educating the companies about what it means to be acquired by the museum, in terms of protection, in terms of preservation, in terms of being like a Fort Knox for art in the future," Antonelli said.
The video games will be on display until January, at which point, they may be swapped out for new ones.
The museum says these 14 are just a slice of the 40 games it's targeted for acquisition.