A short two years after the United States Supreme Court made law that video games are a form of art, and as such, are protected under law by the First Amendment, MoMa opened its Applied Designs exhibit featuring fourteen classic and contemporary games.
"Interaction design is a very important part of our lives, and it's a form of design," says Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art. "When we go to the bank and take out money from the ATM machine, that's a form of interaction design. Some of it is good. Some of it is bad. It's the design of the behavior or the relationship between people and machines, and video games are a great way to really understand that rapport."
Games include classics like Pac-Man, Tetris and Myst and some outside fare like flOw and Dwarf Fortress. In all MoMa plans to have 40 games in it’s Applied Design exhibit with some games being switched out over time. More than just playing games the exhibit is about how designers how found clever and amazing ways for regular users into interact with lines of code and how these games can have an emotional impact.