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I Would Play Sega With Harrison Ford ...

Game publisher Capcom threw a neat party last night in an art gallery on trendy Melrose Avenue that features an exhibit of art inspired by vintage video games, called Gallery nineteen eighty eight.

The show's co-curator, Jon M. Gibson -- a freelance writer who pens cartoon shows and video game manuals -- offered a walkthrough, as a group of game industry folks checked out the art or played '80s-era arcade games while hanging out in an open space behind the gallery. The exhibit explores the worlds of Mario and Pac-Man with oil and acrylic, in works that have titles like "Donkey Kong's Last Supper" (acrylic on canvas, $500, by an artist named Misha).

Gibson pointed out "No One Wants to Play Sega With Harrison Ford" -- a portrait of a displeased-looking movie star holding a Sega system under his arm as he is coldly ignored by a couple of Nintendo-controller-holding guys.

"It's a very potent statement about the '80s gaming scene, when everybody just wanted to play Nintendo," he said. "Even with celebrity, Nintendo still takes over."

By Bob Greiner  |  May 11, 2006; 2:59 AM ET  | Category:  E3: After Hours
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I truly enjoyed some of the things from Gallery 1988 a good bit. I found that some of the work was better than others, though I particularly enjoyed the humor of "Ye Olde Paperboy" and found "Game Over" to be quite interesting. I especially admired how the artist used what appears to be a top from one of the older arcade games and tweaked it slightly in the presentation--also I noticed that unless I'm wrong, all the characters in "Game Over" were at least 21 years old--appropriate for a bar. :)

Posted by: Michael | May 11, 2006 1:23 PM

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