Fine art of gaming

Design/Play/Disrupt at the V&A is a timely celebration of the fun and fantastical world of video games that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the industry.

Despite their popularity, video games rarely get the critical praise that they deserve. For years, they have been at the cutting edge, not just of technology, but of design and storytelling too.

The V&A’s latest exhibition, Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, takes a look behind the scenes at how video games are produced, as well as exploring how artists such as René Magritte anticipated many of the visual concepts you see in today’s games market.

The show focusses on eight key games from the last five years, picked from across the gaming spectrum and including Mafia 3, Journey and Splatoon 2.

The last room in the exhibition is dedicated to weird and wonderful arcade-style games made by independent producers. This is your chance to play some of the industry’s newest products, including loads of obscure stuff that you would otherwise never get to lay your hands on.

V&A, London until 24 February 2019