Smithsonian To Unveil The Art Of Video Games Exhibit
There was a time when Pong could fascinate the hell out of a family. There was also a time not long after that when the industry all but disappeared forever (look up the Big Video Game Crash on Wiki, if you need to).
But things have changed a great deal and nowadays, video games are ingrained in our culture and are enjoying a huge surge of popularity. It's also gaining ground in terms of legitimacy amongst the mainstream crowds and more experts are recognizing gaming for what it is: an artistic medium. If you need proof, there's no better evidence than the exhibit that will run between March 16, 2012 and September 9, 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: The Art of Video Games, inspired by over three decades of growing creativity, imagination and innovation. The description of the exhibit is as follows:
"Many museums have explored art inspired by video games, but this exhibition will be the first to examine comprehensively the evolution of video games themselves as an artistic medium. From the Atari VCS to the Playstation 3, The Art of Video Games will show the development of visual effects and aesthetics during four decades, the emergence of games as a means for storytelling, the influence of world events and popular culture on game development, and the impact that the games can have on society. It will include multimedia presentations of game footage, video interviews with developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, historic game consoles, and a selection of working game systems for visitors to play. In addition, the public will be asked to assist with the selection of materials for the show by choosing the games that they feel best represent particular moments in the overall timeline."
That right there ought to make you feel proud and in some ways, a little vindicated. How many times have you tried to tell the disbelieving parent that gaming was more than what they think it is? How many times have you heard conversations concerning movies and music at get-togethers, only to think, "why can't video games be included in the discussion?" It's still over two years away but the announcement of this exhibit really is like a beacon for veteran gamers.
12/8/2009 9:45:31 PM Ben Dutka