Game On: ‘Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games’

Curators’ Corner

Game On: ‘Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games’

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Video games are an enhancement of a blend of traditional art forms, offering artists an interactive approach to engaging with gamers through play.  The Museum of the Moving Image’s Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games exhibit demonstrates just that.  The exhibition features independent pioneering titles, including Mojang’s Minecraft, Game Lab’s Diner Dash, and Matt Thorson’s TowerFall Ascension, to name a few. Being indie, these designers and developers do not have creative limitations, permitting the risky exploration of innovative game play and visual appeal.

Each game-play element has been influential in this decade’s game design and philosophy.  Games like Alien Hominid and Flower present vivid visual aesthetics while World of Goo owes its success to its natural user interface. The museum’s array of games offers evocative graphics and distinctive artistic settings that deeply influence the emotional experience of gamers.

Clutch the controller, this exhibition is a must-play, open until March 2.