Exhibit celebrates Nexon’s 25-year history

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Exhibit celebrates Nexon’s 25-year history


An exhibit titled “Campfire” allows visitors a multi-sensual experience at a campfire from the role-playing game Mabinogi. [YONHAP]

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Korean online games, Nexon’s new media art exhibition titled “Game a Game /invite you,” will take place until Sept. 1 at Art Sonje Center in Jongno District, central Seoul. It features 20 works that embody the marriage of art and game, with the help of Nexon Computer Museum and Nexon Intelligence Labs.

For gamers, the overall format of the exhibition will be quite familiar. Each visitor is presented with a wrist band that they must tag on at each exhibit in order to enjoy the content that has been prepared for them. When visitors have experienced everything offered at the exhibition, they are presented with printed results of their experience during their stay. Those who have a Nexon ID can log on using their IDs in the beginning, and have their gaming history printed out along with the results from the exhibit.


Magnifying glasses are given to visitors making their second visit. [YONHAP]

Once the visitors log in to the exhibit, they are given a random character from Nexon’s games. Inside, a video installation titled “Eye Tracking,” plays a series of dots and lines that seem random, but are actually where gamers usually place their eyes while playing different games. “Camp Fire” is a multi-sensual experience from a scene of Nexon’s role-playing game Mabinogi, where visitors can sit around a digital campfire and enjoy the sounds and wind like characters of the game do.

Other exhibits such as “Hidden Track” from the racing game Kart Rider, Maple Story’s “Dimension Library” and Sudden Attack’s “The 3rd Supply Base” are all worth a try. While fans of the games will get to interact with their favorite games in a way they have never done before, those unfamiliar with the game will get to see how art can bring them closer to gaming even without prior knowledge to the content.

Visitors making their second visit to the exhibit are given magnifying glasses, which will allow them to find hidden messages and content within the exhibition. Admission is free. Art Sonje Center is closed every Monday.

BY YOON SO-YEON [yoon.soyeon@joongang.co.kr]
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