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Following up from a few days and the blog
about my trip to the opening of the Smithsonian American Art Museum – The Art
Of Video Games exhibit, I had a chance to go through all the pictures, some
taken with an iPhone and some with a real camera. Be warned though, if you take
a look at all of these pictures, you’re going to see everything the exhibit has
to offer – and if you’re planning on visiting it for yourself, well then, you
might be disappointed. But if you don’t think you’ll get a chance to view the
exhibit, either here in Washington D.C. or any of the other locations it will
travel to…then you can take a look at this and see everything you would have if
you had visited it firsthand. Also, just to note, the “Gamefest” activities
continued on Saturday but since the Hideo Kojima event was already booked, I
decided to skip out on the rest of it.
You can view the webcast here
and the official Art of Video Games website here.
Hideo Kojima is
considered one of the most important and innovative video game designers of his
generation. Best known for the Metal Gear series, published by Konami, Kojima
introduced a new cinematic style of video game that blended narrative,
character development, and artful graphics. Join us for a fascinating
conversation with a video game design master and The Art of Video Games
curator, Chris Melissinos.
What follows is a walk thru of the exhibit, as expressed
through photographs. I’ll leave my comments below some of the pictures. Also, the lighting in some areas didn't play nice for photography and because it was opening day for a big exhibit like this, it was hard not to get people in the pictures. Hope you enjoy them.
(You should have heard all the chatter from non-gamers walking by when they saw this sign.)
(I so wanted to grab this dude's hat.)
(Hmm. Let's see. Annie Leibovitz's Pilgrimage or The Art of Video Games exhibit. Too easy.)
(Busy but fun filled days.)
(The walk to the exhibit right after it opened.)
(All these pictures are legal.)
(Painted on the wall at the entrance. It's bigger than it looks.)
(Although some would say I am old, I want to be an old gamer like this guy. Yes, he was there for the exhibit.)
(The above four pics were all part of a looping five minute video that showed clips from games, old and new.)
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(The first room.)
(Had lots of artwork.)
(And some display cases. Wait, what? Halo 2600 on Atari?)
(Some other cool stuff from Ultima, A Bard's Tale and other games.)
(One of the video screens that showed interviews with big names in the industries.)
(These screens showed different gamers and their reactions to the same game.)
(The below few shots show off the five "playable" games.)
(The guy holding the mic is the curator of the exhibit and author of the book - Chris Melissinos.)
(The below screens are of the final room that show off all the consoles - each with four games.)
(The end of the exhibit.)
(Pioneers in the world of gaming - Chris Melissinos, Mike Mika, Keith Robinson, Rand Miller, and Don Daglow. Don't ask me who is who, I don't remember, but I think I have them in order.)
(Who would ever believe you'd see this kind of merchandise in the Smithsonian Institution gift shop?)
(Cutest salt and pepper shaker ever!)
I think this was a huge move for the video game industry to
be taken more seriously by mainstream society. The exhibit even earned some
national press attention with stories at MSNBC
Now, I think it is important to note that some gamers were critical of the exhibit…expressing
concern over some games that weren’t even nominated (like Tetris and Grand
Theft Auto). Trying to capture 40 years of gaming in a smaller exhibit is a daunting
task, so of course there are going to be some gamers who are upset because
their favorite game was left out.
Overall, I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the
exhibit, and not just because it was free, but because I think video games are
art and quickly becoming one of the dominant forms of entertainment media. If
you’re in the Washington D.C. area, it’s definitely a must see. I just don’t
know if I would travel there just to see it.
Looks great, I really wish I could go but obviously it would be impractical for me to go just for that.
Wow, these pictures are great! This is something I'd love to go to, and man that Sega Master system! The memories lol, that console was my introduction to gaming.
BOOOO! Naw, looks like you had a great time. Man, I'll definitely have to plan a trip, because those ghost-shaped salt and pepper shakers look awesome.
Very cool. I have been wanting ringo and I have family in DC so I'm planning a trip in April. I didn't really look at your pictures but I figured id comment anyway. Glad you had fun.
Awesome stuff, Saint. Unfortunately I was too young to be present in nearly three of the described 'five generations of gaming'. I've really participated in the Transition and Next-Generation ages.
Glad you had a good time, I'm jealous xD
For those who don't know, this will be a traveling exhibit as Saint indicates, though its destinations are limited.
Saint, well done with the pictures. Thank you for posting your impressions, it sounds fascinating.
On a side note, you know you're old when you own devices on display behind plexiglass in a museum LOL. (And I'm not talking recent consoles, either.)
Awesome work Saint, looks like an incredible place to visit! Why did my school not take field trips to places like this?
So, I won't look at the pics. Thanks for the spoiler alert. I am headed there on Saturday. Woohoo!
The wife wants to bring the kiddo down to DC to check out the Blossoms (BOORRRRRING), so we are going to take a daddy-sanity-pit-stop at the museum.
Great, some good impressions about gaming!
Thanks for taking the trip so I don't have to! Enjoyed the photos, but it really doesn't look like it had that much to offer. Anyway, it's a solid step in the gaming world.