Video games and comics. Two world that seem parallel and close to each other, two cultures and Art forms with many common characteristics. We consider video games, just like comics, to be a special Art form, medium, and method of expression, with numerous important artists, designers and technology pioneers, who have given us unique works and hundreds of classic gaming titles, for more than half a century. An Art form and communication medium that has grown, continues to evolve with rapid speed and has reach a point where it can fill whole stadiums for eSports championships.
Video games created a significant fan base in Greece and abroad during the late 70s, with the hugely popular coin-op/arcade games and consoles like Atari, with the ultimate boom happening in the mid-80s, with the arrival of 8-bit home video game consoles by Nintendo and Sega, as well as some affordable home computers, which were used almost exclusively for gaming (Amstrad, Commodore, Amiga, Spectrum). A bit later, the first hand-held consoles came to the market (chief among them being Nintendo’s Game Boy), featuring a plethora of games, until the ultimate “home takeoff”, with highly advanced, for the time, consoles such as Sony PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft Xbox.
From the classics like PAC-MAN, TETRIS and SPACE INVADERS, through MORTAL KOMBAT, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, POKEMON and SUPER MARIO, and until the more recent LEAGUE OF LEGENDS, WORLD OF WARCRAFT and CALL OF DUTY, the list of favorite video games is truly endless and unique for each and every one of us.
In this group tribute exhibition, 16 Greek cartoonists present exclusive works, inspired only by their personal favorite video games.
The exhibition “The Art Of Video Games” presents works by Tomek Giovanis, Stavros Kioutsioukis, Vassilis Lolos, Norjin Lama, Korinna Mei Veropoulou, Vassilis Gogtzilas, Tassos Papaioannou, Petros Christoulias, Yannis Rubulias, Dimitris Kammenos, Nikolas Stafadouros, Kostas Pantoulas, Lefteris Mavrogiannis, Angeliki Salamaliki, George Melissaropoulos, and Siadora Papatheodorou.