Review of computer game exhibition at the v&a in London

In January I went to a computer game exhibition called ‘Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. As a gamer, I was interested to see what games they had on display and design work.

Review of computer game exhibition at the v&a in London

The exhibition showcased a variety of different games including Bloodborne, The Last of Us, Journey, Splatoon, and No Mans Sky as well as strange mobile games. In particular, it was really interesting to see the display on Bloodborne. They showed the sketches they drew for Bloodborne while the game was in its early stages and they also showed how they made some of the buildings using 3D modeling programs. Another interesting thing that the exhibition showed was the artificial intelligence that Naughty Dog (the company which made the Uncharted series) used for the enemies in The Last of Us. 

Other things that they had in the exhibition included a massive TV screen showing big events in gaming like the League of Legends Final (which about 32 million people watched) and the biggest battle in computer gaming history (which involved about 7,500 people) in the game EVE Online. At the end you were able to play very strange old arcade video games.

It was great to see behind the scenes in computer games and see how they designed and created the games. Also, the big screen was good and I learned some interesting facts. I think they should have showcased a different selection of games keeping Bloodborne and The Last of Us. It was hard to see some things because the exhibition was very busy. A lot of the interactive games were broken or glitchy so you couldn’t play them and the arcade games that did work weren’t very good at all. Although I think that the insight into the 3D design was great, overall I don’t think that it was really worth the money.

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