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Jeremy Munro is a Database Admistrator/Digital Project Coordinator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
He’s primarily interested in the intersection of technology, museums, video games, outsider internet culture, and how we talk about the future.
Prior to the Smithsonian he was database admistrator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
When games are talked about in the museum space, it is often through the frame of gamification – that a museum should be like a game and the museum experience itself should be more entertaining. Games, particularly video games, have much more to teach museum professionals and visitors than just entertainment or a new design praxis for exhibitions. Games themselves are art, yes, but game practices like speedrunning are also stellar examples of community practices and engagement. Games are incredible at onboarding, while museums are often not – what can games teach us about tutorialization?