The Art of Video Games: Rez” Exhibition Video

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  • NARRATOR: “Rez” took the concept of a traditional target game and placed it in a fast-paced abstract world inspired by computer technology and the internet. The player takes the role of a hacker, injected into a global computer network to destroy lethal viruses before they cause an information Armageddon. The designers took inspiration from the colorful artworks of Wassily Kandinsky to visually represent the inside of a complex computer network. Points of light, mathematical structures, and neon colors combine to create an unfamiliar, yet compelling, digital landscape.

    “Rex” also boasts an innovate soundscape. At first, a lack of sound evokes the empty void of cyberspace, but soon the musical score increases in complexity as each virus is eliminated. The striking visuals and responsive audio combine to make “Rez” an outstanding example of art inspired by the digital age.

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    This video is one of 80 displayed in The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.