What is described as being one of the first of its kind, The Art of Video Games
focuses on "striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies," notes the American Art Museum
website. It also places emphasis on the art components that is involved with video game creation.
"The short, yet prolific, forty-year history of video games offers some of the deepest personal and globally connecting experiences in human history," guest American Art Museum curator Chris Melissinos writes (via exhibit sign).
The exhibit has a bit of something for everyone. Kids were loving playing games, both old and new, and for adults there was the nostalgia element and amazement of how much things have progressed since those early simplistic games.
"My hope is that people will leave the exhibit with an understanding that video games are much more than what they first thought. They may even be art," Melissinos wrote.
The galleries featured a range of game consoles dating back to the Atari, Commodore and Coleco, to name a few. Not being an avid gamer as an adult, I still found seeing the video game progression fascinating. It was also interesting to see gaming from a different kind of artistic perspective.
Other features in the gallery included still images and video footage, which included interviews and screen shots.
One interesting exhibit illuminated how gaming affects emotions. There were three panels which flashed showing various people of all ages playing video games. The footage was capturing their emotions as they played, which ranged from non-emotion or intensive concentration to spaced-out expressions or smiles.
For visitors of all ages, there is also fun in playing the video games. The line which was consistently the longest during yesterday's visit was to play "Super Mario Brothers" on the big screen.
For those interested, there is still time left to see this specially featured exhibit in Washington D.C. As other exhibits in the museum, The Art of Video Games
is free and is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The show wraps up at the Smithsonian on Sept. 30, but game enthusiasts or anyone interested in the history and art of video games can also get the opportunity to see the show in another city.
The Art of Video Games
is currently scheduled to travel to an additional 10 U.S. cities, including Boca Raton, Fla., Seattle, Wash., Phoenix, Ariz., Syracuse, N.Y., Yonkers, N.Y., Toledo, Ohio, Flint, Mich., Norfolk Va., Memphis, Tenn. And Miami, Fla.
You can view exact dates on the American Art Museum