Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert made a rather grampsy argument, wow, almost exactly two years ago, that video games are not art and never will be (an argument that attracted him plenty of ire from the under-30 set). Now, it seems, the Smithsonian Institute begs to differ, what with the publication of a book entitled The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect that coincides with the opening of an exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
As a testament to the cultural impact of the game industry’s mega morph, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with curator and author Chris Melissinos, conceived the forthcoming exhibition, The Art of Video Games, which will run from March 16 to September 30, 2012. Melissinos presents video games as not just mere play, but richly textured emotional and social experiences that have crossed the boundary into culture and art.
Two thumbs up, Smithsonian, for seeing the moving, blasting, morphing, writing on the wall. Amazon has it.
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