Five reasons to visit Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt is coming to the V&A Dundee from 20 April to 8 September 2019 and if you’re at all into videogames (or art) you’ll love this exciting new exhibit. The City of Discovery is a global destination for game design so it makes sense that it would play host to the dynamic exhibition. Did you know that Dundee is home to one of the oldest game courses in the world at Abertay University? It’s also the birthplace of Grand Theft Auto. If you need any more convincing to explore this exciting city, read on for five reasons to visit the Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibit coming soon to the V&A Dundee.

It respects videogames as art and explores the creativity and design behind them

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It’s difficult to believe that anyone would contest the fact videogames are art in 2019. Their sophisticated design is a fusion of art and technology and as the Guardian put it, videogames are a modern cultural force. However, whilst other exhibits have pondered whether or not videogames are art, the V&A Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explicitly states that they are, and goes on to explore the design that goes into creating the technology. It’s a refreshing and modern take on videogames and one that is sure to please any gamers.

It challenges the important political and social issues pervasive in a lot of videogames

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As part of the Videogames exhibit, the V&A interviewed a series of writers, designers and players to discuss some of the more controversial aspects of games, namely the pressing social and political issues they deal with. Read the series of interviews here and visit the V&A from 20 April to 6 September 2019 to see how the museum tackles such emotive topics.

It’s interactive

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The interactive element of the Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibit is what sets it apart from other exhibitions of its kind. The Evening Standard likened it to the Science Museum and praised the different interactive elements of it. Did you think you’d get to play some videogames? If so, you were right. Visitors and gaming enthusiasts can play what they saw in a makeshift arcade at the end of the exhibit. After all, it’s called Design/Play/Disrupt, not Design/Observe/Disrupt…

It involves an original, never-seen-before game

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The V&A have commissioned its very own videogame to be displayed in the exhibit for the first time ever. The game, called ‘Plaything’, has been described as “a joyous and intimate web-based game” and was created by filmmaker Will Anderson and game maker Niall Tessier-Lavigne. It was commissioned to showcase the development process of videogames and has received rave reviews. If you want to see a part of V&A history, get yourself along to the exhibit when it opens.

Games are fun!

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When else will you get the chance to take in some culture and play videogames at the same time? At Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, a trip to the museum has never been so cool. Even if you’re not a huge museum fan, we guarantee you’ll have a blast gaming your way through the exhibits on display. People of all ages will love the interactive element of the exhibit and if you’re a serious gamer, there’s still plenty of interesting information to keep you entertained about videogames and how they’re designed, how they’re played and how they disrupt.

What are you waiting for? Book your trip to the V&A now! If you book on our ‘Game on, Dundee‘  package, you’ll get an overnight stay with us in Dundee, a full Scottish breakfast the next day and two tickets to the exhibit.