One of the modern world’s most innovative (and at times, controversial) fields of design is coming to the historic halls of the V&A: videogames. Banish thoughts of retro arcade favourites – this immersive exhibition opens up the design processes behind groundbreaking games of the new millennium.
Videogames now rival films for their storytelling and visual craftsmanship. Explore what goes into creating cinematic epics such as The Last of Us - a post-apocalyptic survival story that was praised for its natural dialogue and trailblazing depiction of female characters.
At the other end of the scale lie smaller-scale, independent projects that explore social issues and offer the chance to experience the world through another’s eyes. One of the playable games featured in the exhibition includes Phone Story, a satirical game that presents the lifecycle of the smartphone, from exploitative mineral mining and production factories to our pockets.
From the architectural structures of Minecraft to the creation of online player communities, videogames leave plenty of space for audiences to add to the experience. A highlight of the exhibition is a large-scale interactive installation that celebrates the collective creativity of videogames and the people who play them.
There is a wealth of creativity to explore, from the craft of the studios to the innovation of the audience as players. The exhibition will provide a compelling insight into one of the most important design disciplines of our times
Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A
8 September 2018 - 24 February 2019
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