"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.