In La Tour-de-Peilz (VD), the Swiss Games Museum, located in a 13th century castle, is hosting a new interactive exhibition entitled “Game Over, aesthetics of video games”. It is to be discovered until January 5, 2024.
In forty years of history, this is the first time that the Swiss Games Museum has hosted video games within its walls. This choice, we owe it to the new director of the institution, Selim Krichane, passionate about geek culture. “One of the objectives is to modernize the museum and its scenography. It is also to bring new objects, in particular contemporary games and therefore necessarily video games and their fifty years of history”, indicates there at the RTS.
Since its commercialization in the early 1970s, video games have steadily established themselves as one of the most popular industries of our time. Its cultural importance and artistic value are recognized today.
Through a selection of works, the exhibition “Game Over, aesthetics of video games” presents a panorama of the aesthetic potential of video games. Cult games, interactive games, games to discover in pictures, from sketches to production and a desire to dust off the image of a passive museum.
All the artistic potential of video games
The exhibition also presents a variety of skills and professions necessary for the creation of video games. Some productions can be distinguished by their graphic or sound design, while others offer innovative and creative play methods. In some cases, video games can also tell stories or build fictional universes that players are invited to explore.
From the beauty of the landscapes to the richness of the stories, from the inventiveness of the game and its strategies to the sound compositions, each aspect of the video game is approached with attention and demonstrates the artistic potential of this medium which already enjoys half a century of history. Finally, one of the particularities of the exhibition is that it presents about fifteen video games on which the museum public can test their skills of gamer.
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“Game Over, video game aesthetics”, Swiss Game Museum, La Tour-de-Peilz (VD), until January 5, 2024.