The Art of Video Games: an Exhibition


A current exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates games as the art form of the twenty first century. It runs through Sep 30 2012 in Washington DC, and will tour a number of US cities afterwards. No wonder the US supreme court recently decided to consider video games as an art form deserving First Amendment protections.

This article showcases a number of videos that have been released to accompany the exhibit, including interviews with some of the most important figures in the history of videogames (esp. video game pioneers such as Nolan Bushnell of Atari, who were there in the very beginning), and other important figures. You can watch these videos below.

The Art of Video Games: Exhibition Trailer

Click any of the links below to jump to the video you want:
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The Art of Video Games:,(1) Beginnings (2) Inspiration (3) Narrative (4) Experience (5) The Future
Featured Interviews:, (1) Nolan Bushnell (2) David Cage (3) Don Daglow (4) Henry Jenkins (5) Ken Levine (6) RJ Mical (7) Jane Pinckard (8) Kellee Santiago | Jenova Chen | Robin Hunicke (9) Tommy Tallarico
Other Videos,The Art of Video Games / video from The Smithsonian Magazine
Related Links,More info on the Exhibit (on the Smithsonian American Art Museum website). A list of US cities that the exhibition will visit in late 2012 through early 2016. Writeup on the Smithsonian website. [/tabla]  

The Art of Video Games

1. The Art of Video Games: Beginnings

2. The Art of Video Games: Inspiration

3. The Art of Video Games: Narrative

4. The Art of Video Games: Experience

5. The Art of Video Games: The Future

Featured Interviews

1. Featured Interviews: Nolan Bushnell

  • Founder of Atari

2. Featured Interviews: David Cage

  • Video game designer

3. Featured Interviews: Don Daglow

  • Video game pioneer

4. Featured Interviews: Henry Jenkins

  • Media scholar

5. Featured Interviews: Ken Levine

  • Video game designer

6. Featured Interviews: RJ Mical

  • Video game pioneer

7. Featured Interviews: Jane Pinckard

  • Video game scholar

8. Featured Interviews: Kellee Santiago, Jenova Chen, and Robin Hunicke

  • Video game developers/designers/producers

9. Featured Interviews: Tommy Tallarico

  • Musician and composer


The Art of Video Games (video from the Smithsonian Magazine)

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