If the last time you played Pac-Man was at the local arcade when you were a kid, you may be surprised to find the game on your next visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. But here is the Pac-Man experience in what you might call a “pure” form.
“I would like for a moment for people to forget arcades, to forget beers, to forget the kind of seedy and sticky carpet,” said Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the museum’s department of architecture and design. “I know that’s fun but I would like them to just focus on the interaction. So it’s the screen, the game, the controller, and that’s it.”
It is interaction design, not art, for which MoMA has installed Pac-Man and 13 other video games in a new exhibit.
“I consider video games a form of design that is amazingly important today and that is going to become even more important in the future, because it is a way we interact with machines and screens,” Antonelli said in an interview for “Newsmakers” on ABC News/Yahoo! News.
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