Video Games Visit The Smithsonian

Posted on 20. Mar, 2012 by in Blog

Can you believe it’s been 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game?

In that short period of time, video games have become a prevalent and expressive art medium within modern society.

In fact, it’s become such a prominent part of society that The Smithsonian American Art Museum has created an exhibit to celebrate The Art of Video Games.

The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, focusing on visual effects and the creative use of technologies.

The Art of Video Games features some of the most influential artists and designers during the 5 eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers.

The exhibition focuses on graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for 20 gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3.

80 games—selected with the help of more than 3.7 million voters—demonstrate the evolution of the video game medium. The galleries will include video interviews with developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, and historic game consoles.

5 featured games from each era will show how players interact with diverse virtual worlds, highlighting techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games. The featured games will be:

  • Pac-Man
  • Super Mario Brothers
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Myst
  • Flower

The Art of Video Games exhibit will be shown March 16 to September 30, 2012 on the 3rd Floor North of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Visit the Smithsonian website for more information.