5-1 | The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect

Book Review

The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect

Chris Melissinos and Patrick O’Rourke
New York: Welcome Books, 2012. Contents, images, credits. 215 pp. $40.00 paper. ISBN: 9781599621098

by Ian Bogost

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The Art of Video Games, by Chris Melissinos and Patrick O’Rourke, published in cooperation with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is a catalog and companion to a high-profile exhibition of the same name that opened at the Smithsonian facility in Washington, DC, in 2012 and is scheduled to travel to many regional museums. This is a lushly illustrated coffee-table book that offers readers full-page, color photographs and succinct summaries of video games, descriptions of their significance, and interviews with many of their creators. Slick and gorgeous, the book offers an important permanent, widely distributable, inexpensive complement to the exhibition.