Three-Day Symposium will Examine the Art of Games

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"The Art History of Games," a three day public symposium devoted to investigating games as an art form, will be held in Atlanta in early February, followed by the monthlong display of three commissioned art games.


Participants at the Feb. 4-Feb. 6 symposium will include John Romero, a designer of the original Doom and a co-founder of Gazillion Entertainment; Jesper Juul, a video game researcher and the author of "A Casual Revolution," and Frank Lantz, the designer of Drop7 and Parking Wars.

"The Art History of Games seeks to more clearly articulate the importance of games as a form of art," says the symposium's listing. "Not until the 20th century did games and the play experiences they provide start to be perceived as an art form."

The commissioned pieces were created by Jason Rohrer; Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman; and the studio Tale of Tales. They will be on display from Feb 4 to March 2.

The symposium will be held in the High Museum of Art's Rich Auditorium on the campus of the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, which is midtown Atlanta. The commissioned games will be displayed at Kai Lin Art, 800 Peachtree St NE. The symposium is a joint program of Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Registration is $60 for the general public, with discounts for Georgia Tech and SCAD students and academics. For more info, see the Art History of Games site.


Gaming is already considered a form of art (along with everything else or so it seems). There are some that do not still hold it in a serious light due to there only exposure being through the news, and that is usually in a negative form.

Most people who have embraced the media as a passion would consider it a form of art.

So it is now considered art by some, and that some are the most knowledgable in the field.

Take some of the so-called 'modern art'. A lot of it, to many people, just looks like junk. But, it is still labelled as art. And thats not because everyone excepts it.

For some reason, in the gaming world, us gamers and developers alike are still waiting for mass acceptance.

It won't happen.

Some classic art that depics images that could be considered blasphemos by some, would probably not consider the work to be art.

Games are art, its already happened.