| Thursday, March 15, 2012
This is reaching us a little bit late, however, it’s well worth noting. This weekend, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will be kicking off a new exhibition on video games, called The Art of Video Games. Featuring lectures and discussions by industry pioneers, film screenings, cos-play opportunities, hands-on gamplay sessions and even musical performances, the three-day kickoff event, entitled GameFest, will run from tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. until this coming Sunday, March 18th, at 7 p.m. (not consecutively, of course. Those are just the start and end times).
The two biggest names included in the lectures are Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and a man best known for the Metal Gear franchise, Hideo Kojima (both lectures are already completely sold out). In fact, Metal Gear is specifically being featured at the show, with art, images and video from Metal Gear Solid, MGS 2: Sons of Liberty and MGS 4: Guns of the Patriots on display. Other discussions include a history and evolution of video games and a talk on design. All of the programs for GameFest will be taking place at the American Art Museum. For more information on The Art of Video Games check out the official site.