What Are the Different Types of Art Interactive Games?

Eugene P.

Art interactive games are‭ ‬a form of contemporary art that seeks to combine aspects of visual art,‭ ‬storytelling‭ ‬and interactive‭ ‬computer‭ ‬gaming‭ ‬to create a unique experience for the person playing the game.‭ ‬This form of art can be executed in several ways.‭ ‬The game might be an installation in a gallery that gives each visitor a chance to play while others watch.‭ ‬Alternately,‭ ‬interactive websites could be used so the viewer can experience the game in his or her own home.‭ ‬Most art interactive games are designed to‭ ‬express a message or challenge thinking and, therefore‭, ‬can be intentionally lacking in some of the more traditional game dynamics of commercially produced games.

Interactive games may require a high-end graphics card.
Interactive games may require a high-end graphics card.

Several original art interactive games that have been displayed over the years involve the use of immersive technologies such as virtual reality headsets and motion tracking cameras.‭ The primary purpose early in the development of the genre was to place the viewer into a digital environment with which he or she could physically interact.‭ ‬As technology progressed,‭ ‬so did the types and complexity of the software.‭ ‬A popular theme within‭ ‬this type of‭ ‬interactive art and performance art has been to blur the lines between reality and the digital‭ ‬world.

Some art interactive games involve technologies like virtual reality.
Some art interactive games involve technologies like virtual reality.

When computers became more commonplace and commercially produced video games became popular,‭ ‬art interactive games began to expand outside the domain of gallery installations.‭ ‬The Internet helped to fuel the spread of new concepts in art games.‭ ‬Some software companies focused solely creating games in which the user would move through a story,‭ ‬sometimes affecting its outcome.‭ ‬These art interactive games were usually designed to look and operate differently than traditional video games.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, ‬with the proliferation of handheld devices,‭ ‬art interactive games have taken on a new meaning.‭ ‬Interactive artists have been able to use special software to allow a handheld device to act as a window into a digital world that‭ ‬exists on top of the real‭ ‬world.‭ ‬This type of art can only be seen with a handheld device,‭ ‬but the device must be pointed at a real,‭ ‬specific location, such as the side of a certain building.‭ ‬At that point,‭ ‬the art is revealed on the screen as if it were really there.‭

Location-based art interactive games also have been developed.‭ ‬These involve using the viewers themselves as the pieces in a game.‭ ‬One or more viewers use their cell phones or other devices as an interface into a virtual server.‭ ‬While moving physically through a city or building,‭ ‬the devices track those motions and display their progress through the game structure.‭ The purpose is often to bring a group of people together around a revealed message or to a set location.

Not every critic accepts art interactive games as a form of true art.‭ ‬There are even game publishers that do not feel that any game,‭ ‬no matter how it is designed or implemented,‭ ‬should be considered art.‭ ‬Communities of interactive artists do exist,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬and new works are constantly being added to the genre despite the criticism.

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