Five-Minute Museum

Video games as multi-player art projects

A superfan argues there are three artistic voices in video games. The most important? Yours

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    Intellivision Productions, Inc.

    "Star Strike," Hal Finney, Brett Stutz, programmers.

    Mattel Intellivision, 1981.

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    Nintendo of America, Inc.

    "Super Mario Brothers 3," Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Hiroshi Yamauchi, directors; Satoru Iwata, executive producer; Konji Kondo, composer.

    Nintendo Entertainment System, 1990.

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    © 1994 Interplay Entertainment Corp. Earthworm Jim, the Earthworm Jim logo, Interplay, the Interplay logo, and "By Gamers. For Gamers." are trademarks or registered trademarks of Interplay Entertainment Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. All Rights Reserved.
    "Earthworm Jim," Doug TenNapel, original concept, character designer and voice actor; Tommy Tallarico, composer; Steve Crow, lead artist; David Luehmann, producer.

    SEGA Genesis, 1994.

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    © SEGA. All Rights Reserved.

    "Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei," Yukio Futatsugi, Manabu Kusunoki, original design; Kentaro Yoshida, art director.

    SEGA Saturn, 1996.

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    © 1997, 1998 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.

    "Einhander," Tetsuo Mizuno, Tomoyuki Takechi, Shinji Hashimoto, executive producers; Yusuke Hirata, producer; Tatsuo Fujii, director; Yuji Asano, lead design.

    Sony PlayStation, 1998.

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    © 2000 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. Diablo is a trademark or registered trademark of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

    "Diablo II," various artists.

    DOS/Windows, 2000.

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    © SEGA. All Rights Reserved.

    "Rez," Tetsuya Mizuguchi, producer; Jun Kobayashi, director; Katsumi Yokota, art director and lead artist.

    SEGA Dreamcast, 2001.

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    Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

    "Shadow of the Colossus," Fumito Ueda, director and game design.

    Sony Playstation 2, 2005.

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    Image courtesy of 2K Games, Inc., and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

    "Bioshock," Ken Levine, creative director and executive producer; Paul Hellquist, lead designer; Dean Tate, senior designer and artist; Scott Sinclair, art director.

    Microsoft XBox 360, 2007.

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    Bizarre Creations

    "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2," Stephen Cakebread, game design and programming.

    Microsoft XBox 360, 2008.

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    Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

    "Flower," Jenova Chen, creative director; John Edwards, lead engineer.

    Developed by thatgamecompany, LLC, Sony Playstation 3, 2009.

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    © 2010 Electronic Arts, Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    "MassEffect 2," Casey Hudson, director; Mac Walters, Drew Karpyshyn, writers; Casey Hudson, producer.

    Microsoft XBox 360, 2010.

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    Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

    "Heavy Rain," David Cage, writer and director.

    Sony Playstation 3, 2010.

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