For many years there has been an ongoing debate in the art community about the validity of video games. This is reminiscent of the argument of comic books which have now been dubbed graphic novels and have gained a certain about of recognition with works by Crumb and Lichtenstein. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has added to the discussion with The Art of Video Games exhibition. It focuses on the design of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for twenty gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. Eighty games were selected from Pac-Man, Pitfall!, and Super Mario Bros to DOOM, Shadow of the Colossus, and Mass Effect.
What is more intriguing in this discussion of the weight of video games on fine art is that this exhibition will go on the road and prestigious institutions in South Florida is going to participate in and hosting it the coming years.
Boca Raton Museum of Art (October 24, 2012–January 20, 2013)
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, Florida (October 9, 2015–January 25, 2016)
Mark you calenders, power up, respawn, and get ready to press play.