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The Smithsonian Art of Games Exhibit is Now Open

Go check it out!

By Daniel Jones on 3/17/2012
I just played through Journey today and, like The Game Effect's Nick Schneider, was reaffirmed of my belief that video games deserve to be recognized as art alongside film and music. Apparently, the fine folks at The Smithsonian agree. The Art of Video Games exhibit opened to the public today in Washington, DC.

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The exhibit features games throughout the history of the industry, from Pac-Man and The Legend of Zelda to Flower and Shadow of the Colossus. The exhibit uses developer interviews and videos to provide information and background on each title.

Spread throughout the exhibit are kiosks where attendees can play certain games for themselves. However, it's unknown if attendees will be able to play through all of Ocarina of Time at these kiosks. That would be pretty epic, but I doubt that's an option. Too bad.

If you have any interest in learning more about the history of gaming or what went into creating some of the most influential titles in gaming, then you should plan a trip to Washington, DC sometime between now and September when the exhibit ends. In the meantime, check out the official website for more information and check out the trailer for the event below.

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KrazyTaco1 on April 15, 2012
I WENT!!!!!!
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indiejones on April 16, 2012
Nice! How was it?
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KrazyTaco1 on April 18, 2012
It was cool you could learn about game of the years and play 8 bit games
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KrazyTaco1 on April 18, 2012
And it went through the history of video games.
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Elleyena on March 21, 2012
This looks amazing. It's so cool to see museums viewing video game as an art form now! I wonder who I need to bribe to take me to see this...The Smithsonian is so far away....
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KrazyTaco1 on March 19, 2012
I've been waiting for this day for a year now...
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cjf582 on March 18, 2012
Thats just plain cool.

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