The (un)official mascot of Press This Week: Johannes Gutenberg, father of the printing press.

Author’s Note: It’s Day Four of Press This Week! If you haven’t seen my intro to Press This yet, check out this blog post for the details.

Touring the Louvre with a 3DS | Joystiq

Did you know that you can tour the Louvre with a handy new guide on the Nintendo 3DS? Joystiq is featuring an awesome story by Mike Schramm, who recently took a spin through the renowned art museum in Paris using Nintendo’s new art-friendly software. According to Mr. Schramm’s report, the 3DS can act as your own personal tour guide as you check out masterpieces like the Mona Lisa. New software for the device contains a handy map of each wing of the museum, as well as commentary on each piece of artwork. For more information on how the 3DS guides work, check out Nintendo’s official site here.

If you haven’t been to the Louvre before, you should know that it is a very, very busy place. When I was there a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who were visiting at the same time as me. The 3DS guide is a brilliant idea, if only because it will save you time and effort during your visit. With detailed audio descriptions of the major works at your fingertips, you can skip the official museum tours and walk through at your own pace.

The software is also a really unique way of bringing together the old and the new. Imagine using your 3DS to check out an ancient Greek sculpture, like the Venus de Milo. To me, this is some pretty awesome juxtaposition. Video games get a lot of bad press, so it’s nice to see gaming technology used in such a constructive and educational way. Thank you, Nintendo, for helping me continue to expand my artistic horizons.

Me at the Louvre two summers ago, sans 3DS.