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Smithsonian celebrates 'Art of Video Games' - CNN

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Smithsonian celebrates 'Art of Video Games' - CNN
Apr 4th 2012, 11:10

Guest curator Chris Melissinos was the driving force behind the vision of "The Art of Video Games" exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. "This is not designed to be an exhaustive compendium of the history of games," he said. "It is an art exhibition."
Guest curator Chris Melissinos was the driving force behind the vision of "The Art of Video Games" exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. "This is not designed to be an exhaustive compendium of the history of games," he said. "It is an art exhibition."
Twenty video game consoles from the past 40 years are on display in the exhibit. Each console features four games for that device that fans selected as being representatives for that stage in video game evolution.Twenty video game consoles from the past 40 years are on display in the exhibit. Each console features four games for that device that fans selected as being representatives for that stage in video game evolution.
Opening weekend at the Smithsonian American Art Museum drew nearly 23,000 visitors, ranking it in the top five highest visitation day for the museum. Opening weekend at the Smithsonian American Art Museum drew nearly 23,000 visitors, ranking it in the top five highest visitation day for the museum.
"The Art of Video Games" features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. It is one of the first exhibits ever to look at the evolution of video games as an artistic medium.
"The Art of Video Games" features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. It is one of the first exhibits ever to look at the evolution of video games as an artistic medium.
Kids line up to play a video game that was created before they were born. "Pac-Man" is one of five playable games in the exhibit -- "Super Mario Brothers," "Myst," "Flower" and "The Secret of Monkey Island" are the others.Kids line up to play a video game that was created before they were born. "Pac-Man" is one of five playable games in the exhibit -- "Super Mario Brothers," "Myst," "Flower" and "The Secret of Monkey Island" are the others.
Concept art from "Fallout 3" shows visitors the vision of the artists as the games were being developed. Lots of ideas about creatures and settings -- in this case, a post-apocalyptic Washington -- are tossed around before a final version is placed in the game.Concept art from "Fallout 3" shows visitors the vision of the artists as the games were being developed. Lots of ideas about creatures and settings -- in this case, a post-apocalyptic Washington -- are tossed around before a final version is placed in the game.
Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and inventor of Pong, speaks to the opening weekend crowd. Bushnell talked about the inspiration for the game and the future of the video game experience.
Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and inventor of Pong, speaks to the opening weekend crowd. Bushnell talked about the inspiration for the game and the future of the video game experience.
Pac-Man himself made an appearance during opening weekend. He looks pretty good for 32 years old, and he hasn't gained a pound eating all those pellets and ghosts!Pac-Man himself made an appearance during opening weekend. He looks pretty good for 32 years old, and he hasn't gained a pound eating all those pellets and ghosts!
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