Explore the Art of Video Games in this Upcoming Art Book

Explore the Art of Video Games in this Upcoming Art Book

If you're a gamer with a love for art, The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect is an art book that can't be missed. Scheduled for release this March 6th, 2012 from Welcome Books, the title chronicles the best in video game art to date. Inspired by The Art of Video Games exhibition that will be showcased at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from March to September this year, the book offers a companion to the exhibition that offers background information and insight on the evolution, development, and cultural significance of video game art.

In total, eighty games are covered, spanning five different eras of gaming from Atari to the original Sega to the Nintendo Wii. Gaming art represented include offerings from Microsoft Xbox 360, Sega Dreamcast, Super NES, Playstation 2, and more. Each game is described and background information on game development, innovations, and impact highlight the relevancy of these truly artistic creations. Patrick O'Rourke provides over 100 composite images created directly from the art featured in original games like Space Invaders, Sonic Adventure, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and more.

A collaboration between O'Rourke and Chris Melissinos, with an introduction by Mike Mika and a foreword by Elizabeth Broun, the book includes the experience and insights of several professionals in the gaming industry. Their professional and serious take on the world of video games really comes through and conveys to the reader a greater appreciation of this relatively modern artistic medium. So much more than munching dots or saving princesses, video games offer a medium for cultural expression and emotional exploration—in short, art! Whether you're an avid gamer or simply an artist looking for an art book that's a little different, The Art of Video Games is well worth a look.