The Atari 2600. Colecovision. Intellivision. Commodore 64.
Nintendo Entertainment System. Sega Genesis. Sony Playstation 3. Nintendo Wii.
What do these things have in common? I have wasted countless hours of my life playing all of them. But, that’s not important. What IS important is that all of these systems, and many of the most popular video games of all time are on display (and can be played) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
Exhibit curator Chris Melissinos also co-authored a book with Patrick O’Rourke titled “Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect.” That book acts as a companion to the exhibit.
The “Art of Video Games” exhibit opened in March 2012, and will be on display through September. Catch Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Mario Brothers, Starfox, and more proudly on display. The exhibit depicts the 40-year history of video games; touching the evolution and emotional connection many gamers have with the characters. Read more at the Official Site and check out the video below from our visit in early April.
Check out the section on all the different gaming consoles. How many have you played?
All the best -nK