Smithsonian's Art of Video Games Coming to Seattle

Smithsonian's Art of Video Games Coming to Seattle


80 games spanning nearly four decades will be on display at the EMP Museum early next year.

The Art of Video Games exhibition recently ended its run at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and now it's going on the road. The exhibition is expected to hit a number of locations over the next few years, and next up is Seattle's EMP Museum in early 2013.

Featuring 80 games across nearly two dozen consoles spanning from the 1970s to the current generation, The Art of Video Games shows off how the medium has evolved over the last 40 years. The games on display, which includes classics like Space Invaders and modern favorites such as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, were chosen by a public vote. Additionally, there are five playable games: Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower.

I had a chance to check out the exhibition at the Smithsonian earlier this year, and it's definitely an interesting and nostalgic look back at the last few decades of video games. It's also worth checking out to see museum-goers attempt to solve puzzles in The Secret of Monkey Island and become completely baffled by Flower. The Art of Video Games will run at the EMP Museum from February 15 to May 12.

Source: Polygon


I'd love to be able to check this out.. but Seattle's even further from me than the Smithsonian is.

Any idea how well the Smithsonian exhibit was received? Any attendance numbers perhaps? I heard the opening was quite well attended, but I have no idea if the numbers remained solid.

How sweet it is!

I got to go to this, it was awesome. No handhelds, all consoles and PC, but still awesome.

Now I actually want to go back to D.C...maybe this time if I were to go I'd actually get to see the monuments and not have to play babysitter for the chaperones and other students who decided to wander off in DC and not have cellphones. >.<

Seattle's EMP Museum is an awesome place. When I went there they had exhibitions about Nirvana and the grunge movement and Avatar. In fact I'm wearing the shirt I bought from there right now.

Those 5 playable game are like a "Best Of" track for each of the generations. (Ok maybe not Flower but I really enjoyed that game)

Everything happens in Seattle after I leave. Everything!

Oh Emerald City, maybe I'll be back one day. :<

I'm going to see it in my city soon! Damn... c'mon...


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