February 21, 2011

Smithsonian Asking Gamers For Help With New Exhibit

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is asking the public to help select video games that will be included in its "The Art of Video Games" exhibit.

The exhibit will be the first one to explore the art and visual effects of gaming.

The Art of Video Games is scheduled to open in March 2012 with a focus on the evolution of games as an artistic medium over the past 40 years.

The public will be allowed to vote online through April 7, where they will be able to choose from 80 games from a pool of 240 choices in various categories.

The games on the site were chosen for their graphic appeal, artistic intent and innovative game designs.

The winning games will be on display at the museum next year as screen shots or short video clips.

The museum said that the exhibit will explore the many influences on game designers, and the pervasive presence video games have in the broader popular culture, with new relationships to video art, film and television, educational practices, and professional skill training.

There will also be five games available for visitors to play at the exhibit: Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft.


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