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Artists make up fake games for real art expo

2014 marks the tenth year the Tokyo-based “game culture shop” METEOR has hosted a game-themed art expo called the My Famicase Exhibition. The art that’s on display? Real Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game cartridges with made-up games on their covers.

It may sound a little silly, but it’s actually a brilliant showcase of some truly remarkable talent. Artists from all over the world from a wide range of disciplines are tasked with inventing the logos and back-story of their made-up games, and the results are put on display as art would be in a traditional gallery setting.

And as with all good art, many of the cartridges on show display a firm grasp of today’s social dynamics, particularly those surrounding “gaming culture”, and offer some pretty insightful (cutting, even) social commentary on a range of issues. Cory Schmitz’s mock-game “Children” is a particularly good example, as detailed in a blog post on Thefoxisblack.com about the expo.

But I won’t ruin it for you. Head on over there now to see some exceptional creativity on display.

[Source & Image – Thefoxisblack.com]

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