Coming Soon: ‘The Art of Video Games’ Exhibit (Or, Why I’m Glad I Live Near D.C.)

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum will explore video games as art in its upcoming exhibit, The Art of Video Games.  The exhibit will showcase 80 video games, from the early days of Atari and ColecoVision to today’s next-gen consoles like Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Among the familiar titles included: Pac-Man, Pitfall!, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy VII, Rez (picture above), Portal, Heavy Rain, and holy shit is that ChuChu Rocket I see on the list?  Here is the full list of featured games.  The selected games were chosen by public vote, and were whittled down from a list of over 240 titles.  (Which helps to explain why some obvious choices didn’t make the cut. Braid and Grim Fandango come to mind.)

If you don’t live near D.C, you may still be able to attend.  The exhibit will be travelling to several other major cities, including Boca Raton, Seattle, New York, Toledo, Flint, and Memphis.  Click the link for details.

The Art of Video Games exhibit will debut March 16 and remain open until September 30, 2012.

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