video games

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Games about border crossing, American Indian relocation, and exploring identity are leading the way for the medium as a social tool. Using narrative and interaction, gaming is continuing to provide a level of emotional engagement with societal issues.

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In Alz, you wander as a blank-faced man through a landscape of trees and skyscrapers that stutter and glitch as a strange black box follows. It’s an incredibly short experience, a poem-length immersion in the world of someone caught in the confusion of memory loss.

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Museums

Museum Arcade: Indie Games Edition

by Allison Meier on February 25, 2014

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From controlling a flower petal on the wind to experiencing a five minute memento mori in pixels, Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria brings together some recent touchstones of independent game design in a playable setting.

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Post image for Vale Cultura and the “Food for the Soul” Experiment in Brazil

A little over a decade ago, President Lula de Silva announced his vision that every Brazilian would eat three meals a day. He worked to achieve that dream through the Bolsa Familia program, which economists say has lifted 22 million people out of extreme poverty. Last month, Lula’s successor President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated another innovative program called Vale Cultura.

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Post image for Four Independent Game Highlights from IndieCade East

Some of the indie video game finds at the Museum of the Moving Image’s IndieCade East conference this month.

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Post image for Using Biofeedback Technology for a Game That Knows Your Fear

A game currently under development uses your own anxiety to make its play increasingly horrifying as you get more scared, and it also aims to help people confront their fear.

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Post image for New Journal Pushes the Dialogue of Video Games and Art

There are a multitude of publications out there covering video games, from reviewing play to industry news, but a new journal is aiming to fill a void in the discussion of experimental games and art.

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Reactor

Walk Like an Octopus

by An Xiao on January 9, 2014

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“Octodad: Dadliest Catch” is a new video game coming out early this year that puts the player in the perspective of an octopus masquerading as a human.

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Post image for Video Game Pits Museum Photographer vs. Security Guard

Recently I considered the question of whether or not viewers should take photographs in art museums. It turns out there’s a video game in the works that makes that question an electronic challenge.

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Post image for Smithsonian Joins MoMA in Expanding Video Game Effort

As the Smithsonian American Art Museum continues to expand its video game collection (two acquisitions were announced today), so too does the Washington, DC-based institution find itself increasingly dedicated to documenting the broader culture of video game production.

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