Videojuegos: Los Dos Lados de la Pantalla
This videogames exhibition is on at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica until 12th January 2020.
For those not familiar with Fundación Telefónica, the building used to house the telephone exchange, and for a few months was the tallest building in Europe. Nowadays, it’s art and culture exhibition space, that’s free to visit and often has interesting things to see. The staircase alone is an interesting piece of art. Videogames: Both Sides of the Screen is (at the time of writing) the newest exhibition here.
If you’re here expecting to play lots of cool games, you’re going to be disappointed. There are a few playable games, but mostly they’re expressing a point, rather than being good games.
What you will find, though, is some decent food for thought regarding games. There’s an area looking at using games to map human brains, a section with portraits of people and their MMORP avatars, and a bit about the design process. None of these (or any of the other parts) is exceptionally in-depth, but give enough for you to think about without boring you.
All-in-all, I’d say that it’s not an excellent exhibition for small kids or those just wanting to play some games, but for anyone else who likes the idea of thinking a bit more about the impact of games, it’s well worth a visit. It’s also free, so if you find yourself near Gran Via with some time to spare, I recommend popping in for a look.
Open: 10:00-20:00 Tues-Sun.
Nearest Metro: As Gran Via (lines 1 & 5) won’t re-open until after this exhibition closes, the nearest station is Callao (lines 3 & 5).