Designing Worlds - Re-envisioning Realities through Video Games

Designing Worlds: Re-envisioning Realities through Video Games

'Designing Worlds' online exhibition is now live on the A+D Museum's digital gallery. The exhibit focuses on the ground-breaking work being done by emerging video game designers and artists as a means of tackling or escaping reality.

With social distance increasing, forcing an adjustment in our social fabric, the exhibition makes a point of exploring how these games are designed or may be manipulated by their players to form new communities and worlds.

"The role of video games has evolved. What began as a means of technological exploration and playful interaction has transformed into a medium of identity projection, world-building, and creative vitality," commented A+D Museum's Executive Director, Anthony Morey. "Video games combine a plethora of fields, disciplines, and approaches to produce a glimpse of a borderless field of creativity. We at the A+D Museum are excited to be highlighting the designers exploring this boundless field and making them accessible to the public."

With topics ranging from tyrannical governments to the end of romantic entanglement, video game designers are using their ability to create whole worlds to work through and focus on issues they face in the physical realm. Gamifying these experiences often bring catharsis, through the development of digital worlds that allow for alternative outcomes and aesthetic modification. Companion virtual panels and programs over the life of the exhibit will provide insight into the design, intrigue, and psychological motivation of video games.

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