The exhibit takes museum visitors on a journey, from the humble beginnings of Space Invaders and Combat to games like 2010's Heavy Rain, "which explores the boundaries of parental love." (I've had serious enough emotional breakdowns playing Pac-Man, thanks.) Patrons can interact with the games on giant screens, making the Smithsonian's exhibit an arcade with more cultural credibility. And fewer quarters.There are, of course, lots of digital game museum exhibits out there (contrary to what this article implies), including an entire wing of the Strong Museum of Play and an International Centre for the History of Electronic Games. But the Smithsonian brand and reputation carries a lot of weight, and this particular exhibit is focused on the "art" of video games, which is a pretty rare thing to find in a mainstream venue. Field trip to Washington DC, anyone??
Monday, March 19, 2012
Video Games @ The Museum
Via Gawker, a short but relevant article on a new digital games exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum called "The Art of Video Games". Here's an excerpt: