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Interactive design can transform our behaviors - says the curator of the exhibition Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design, as video games step into MoMA’s space

February 7, 2023

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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

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Warsaw, Poland - February 7th, 2023 — As part of 11 bit studios’ ongoing effort to gain recognition for its ‘meaningful entertainment’ philosophy, they’re proud to announce that This War of Mine has made another prestigious achievement. The best-selling game portraying a dire civilian fate during a wartime struggle has secured a coveted spot in New York’s The Museum of Modern Art as part of the exhibition Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design on view through July 16th, 2023.

This War of Mine in The Museum of Modern Art: https://youtu.be/wjN8UuEDlxo 

This War of Mine in the Imperial War Museum: https://youtu.be/B1K0UfqxeJ4

“Never Alone seeks to help us understand video games as various parts, different tools, and techniques that designers bring to bear to shape our experience with games,” states Paul Galloway, Collection Specialist, Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA and co-curator of the exhibition, that puts interactive design at its center.

“There is often a kind of a conversation about games as fun, games as a diversion, but I think that there’s an increasing range of games that ask more of the players. When I played This War of Mine it made me sad, it made me afraid, it made me very tense, and in the end, it left me with a very changed understanding of what it is to be playing in a war space,” describes Galloway.

This War of Mine was acquired by MoMA in 2012 along with 35 other video games as part of the Museum’s permanent collection. This allows the Museum to study, preserve, and exhibit video games as part of its Architecture and Design collection. Starting in September 2022, the game is also a part of War Games - an exhibition exploring the message about conflicts that are conveyed by war-themed games, in the Imperial War Museum in London.

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