Wii Tennis. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Alien Monster Bowling League. Let’s Tap. You know them as games for Nintendo’s Wii console, but they’re also the inspiration for some of New York City’s most talented playwrights.
Instead, the Ars writers -- a diverse team of talent that cycles yearly -- used game titles, and sometimes themes, as a jumping-off point. This isn’t their first foray into using pop culture and technology to inspire: last year it ran a series inspired by Craigslist’s “Missed Connections,” and previously was sparked by Wikipedia entries and even iTunes.
With videogames colliding with this more traditional art form, you may be interested in knowing where Eagan sits on the “videogames as art” debate. He admits with a nervous chuckle that he’s “not well-versed in the argument,” but praises their design and advancing technology.
[Header image - Pictured: Zack Shaffer and Robbie Sublett; Photo by: Carol Rosegg]
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