Tomorrow, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will open The Art of Video Games. According to its website,
The Art of Video Gamesexhibition will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers. This website offered participants a chance to vote for 80 games from a pool of 240 proposed choices in various categories, divided by era, game type and platform. Voting took place between February 14, 2011 and April 17, 2011. The exhibition will be on display at the museum from March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
The exhibition was curated by Chris Melissinos and has broken down the history of video games into 5 different eras with subcategories for different consoles as well as for four different genres (Action, Adventure, Target, Combat/Strategy).
START! (1970s – early 1980s)
8-BIT (1983 – 1989)
BIT WARS! 1989 – 1994)
TRANSITION (1995 – 2002)
NEXT GENERATION (2003 – Current)
Curator Chris Melissinos talks about the exhibition