Despite its relatively short history, video game medium has gone through a long series of significant moments, which generated an impact on the medium itself and on pop culture and society in general, creating new languages and reinventing ways of thinking. The Museum has the duty to preserve, divulge and collect objects that are expressed testimony of these generational transfers, enhancing the cultural and symbolic importance for contemporary arts.
DOOM MASTER DISKS
Currently the most well-known and popular, the genre of first-person shooter found his canonization in 1994 with Doom, created by the Texan developer id Software. The game was acclaimed at the time of its release for its high quality gameplay mechanics and for the high standard technology, almost revolutionary when compared to games released in the same period. Today, this work is remembered as an innovator in virtue of the game modes it introduced, still considered milestones of game design, and its iconic science-fiction/horror imaginary. The Master Disks, donated by the game's creators, are the first records where the game was poured out at the end of its development, and from which all the copies placed on the market would have been obtained. Alongside the disks, visitors can also see the original Doom 3 preliminary artwork, the third episode of the saga.
CRYTEK DEMO DISK
Crytek, founded in Germany by the Yerli brothers, currently represents the pinnacle of technological evolution in video games, highest expression of the German game industry. Together with id Tech 5 and Unreal Engine, the graphics engine CryEngine produced by the German company is one of the most advanced tools in video games production, especially first person shooters. The demo disk displayed at the Museum is the same that the Yerli brothers brought at E3 in Los Angeles in 1999, the most important american exhibition dedicated to video games, collecting unanimous praise from the press and insiders. The demo contained, X-Isle, the prototype of the would-be popular Far Cry.
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