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The Art of Video Games exhibition gathers 40 years of gaming history

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum is presenting an exhibition called The Art of Video Games which takes a look back at the last four decades of computer gaming not just a technological phenomenon, but as an artistic movement.

The Art of Video Games Exhibition Teaser Video
The Art of Video Games Exhibition Teaser Video

Whether your tastes fall along the lines of Zaxxon, Super Mario World, or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, you'll find games you love at The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit takes a look back at the last four decades of gaming as a creative medium that transcends traditional disciplines to create an entirely new form of artistic expression altogether. Focussing on 80 different games chosen by a public vote, the show presents its subjects via videos and still images alongside interviews and commentary from some of gaming's greatest designers. Playable copies of five different games are also part of the show, including Super Mario Bros., Myst, and The Secret of Monkey Island. The exhibit also features design sketches and accessories from many of yesteryear's titles.

A three-day festival kicks things off this weekend, but the exhibition itself will run through September 30th before going on tour across the US. If you're a fan of gaming — or a fan of innovative art itself — you can find additional information at the Smithsonian's website.