The Art of Video Games
I am extremely excited to be telling you all this: The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum is planning a Video Game exhibition in March of 2012!
I first heard the news yesterday when I checked ForeverGeek.com (you can read their article here), and immediately had to find out more. According to the exhibition’s website, they are going to showcase a wide variety of games spanning the medium’s 40-year evolution. They will be the first to study games as an artistic medium.
The exhibit features multimedia presentations of in-game footage, interviews with the development teams, historic consoles, studies on how the games have impacted society, and you’ll even be able to play some of them.
If you’d pardon me interjecting… FINALLY! This is going to be amazing. It’s exactly what our industry needs, especially as an art form. It functions as both a history lesson and artistic recognition for our hard work.
And the best part? The museum is asking for public opinion on which games they should feature. If you go to www.artofvideogames.org, you can vote on which games you think they should include in the exhibition. They have it divided into 5 different eras, sub-divided by console, and then categorized into 5 different genres of gameplay. Total, there are 80 categories to be represented and there are over 240 games to choose from.
Having just started my journey into this industry, I’m absolutely psyched for this exhibit. It really reminds me of the little three-post series I did on Roger Ebert’s stance on video games (if you remember them. If not, you should be able to search #Roger Ebert to find them). He strongly believes that video games will never be considered an art in our lifetime.
“Regardless of what Roger Ebert thinks, video games are art. And now there’s proof.” - ForeverGeek.com
If the Smithsonian Institute is featuring this in the American Art Museum, I’d say it’s being considered an art. Take that, Ebert!
Thank you, Smithsonian, for bringing recognition to my chosen medium.
And gamers— a big thank-you for playing all of these wonderful games. Also, don’t forget to go vote on which games you believe should be in the exhibit! Link here.