Zineth dev brings back Bubsy to discover art in free game
In all the excitement of a new console generation, consumers have forgotten an important issue: are these next-gen entertainment systems or next-gen art systems? Zineth developer Arcane Kids has strode boldly into the art/games/art games/games art/art art argument with an astonishing free game named Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective, which may cause you to rethink everything. Yes, Bubsy from the 1990s platformer series.
The wholly unofficial free Unity browser game sees the bobcat visiting the actual real-life James Turrell exhibition (well, kind of) to check out the light artist's work. It starts off silly, then goes weird, then interesting, then delightful. Also, Bubsy goes to Hell. And then you unlock strange new things. It's actively hostile to its players, but quite pleasing.
"Explore your relationship with art as you guide bubsy through a realistic recreation of the James Turrell Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," the developer says. "After you have played Bubsy3d and understand art a little better, Arcane Kids encourages you to go visit an art museum in your area and quit video games."
Food for thought, almost certainly. May your Internet debates be better informed by having played this. Arcane Kids' manifesto may shed a little more light on things. As might its web design.
Art's cool ;^)