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The Art of Video Games @ Smithsonian

The Art of Video Games @ Smithsonian


The Immersed team had the opportunity to visit The Art of Video Games exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. recently.  We wanted to share a few images and highlights from the exhibit, which ends September 30th.  If you have the opportunity to visit,d definitely do! If you cannot visit, you can check out their website for extended interviews that were part of the exhibit, all available online, too.  It’s a great resource for inspiration about video games.

One of my favorite exhibits (below) had three screens with videos of gamers as they played games.  As you can see, it did not show the games, so all we were able to see was their emotional reactions – a mix of joy, confusion, determination, and curiosity.  It’s a great reminder of all the emotions that games can bring out in people.

Another exhibit displayed Advances in Mechanics from Era 1 to Era 5 video games.  It was a great reminder of some of the fun old-school games, as well as how far we have come.

 The last portion displayed a history through gaming, with different consoles below a timeline on the wall and displays of video games that were playable on each console.  I thought people would enjoy a Commodore 64 image!

Enjoy a couple more quotes from the exhibit:



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Lindsey Tropf

Lindsey Tropf


Founder & CEO of @immersedgames // School psychology doctoral candidate interested in #edtech, game-based learning, and using data.



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