Games are “only form of artistic expression” allowing users to “explore and experiment”, says Melissinos

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 25 February 2012 19:37 GMT

Chris Melissinos is featured in a video posted below the break discussing what he feels makes video games an art form.

According to the guest curator of Smithsonian’s Art of Video Games exhibit, Melissinos says the designer, the game mechanics, and the player are what turn the game into art.

“In books, everything is laid before you,” he told Smithsonian Magazine. “There is nothing left for you to discover.

“Video games are the only forms of artistic expression that allow the authoritative voice of the author to remain true while allowing the observer to explore and experiment.”

The Art of Video Games exhibit opens at the Smithsonian on March 16 and run through September 30, and it features 80 games, with Flower playable at the exhibit.

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