The EMP Museum in Seattle will open an exhibition on games on November 8 of this year, titled Indie Game Revolution. It will record the history of the independent movement, as well as its impact and growing momentum. Jacob McMurray, EMP’s Senior Curator, spoke about the decision to feature video games, commenting:
Independent developers have been releasing games for more than 60 years, but in the last decade the indie game space has exploded. This is primarily due to the proliferation of easy-to-use game making software, plentiful digital distribution outlets, and new avenues of funding, but also from a desire on the part of many game developers to create new and impactful experiences.
Furthermore, McMurray draws parallels for the contemporary medium to others that are often perceived as art forms:
Games can be, and often are, as powerful an experience as the best of film, literature, or music. It’s a story that is constantly changing.
During the exhibition, the EMP Museum will feature over 40 projects from developers, but also other ranges in the spectrum, such as a focus on critics. There will be 20 games with both singleplayer and multiplayer choices that will be playable during the event, some of which are yet unreleased. One of those titles on display is Galak-Z: The Dimensional, a space shooter from Seattle’s own 17-bit studio.
Here’s a list of other games included in the exhibition:
- Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime
- Tenya Wanya Teens
- Never Alone
- Quadrilateral Cowboy
- Papers, Please
- Gone Home