Mario, Artiste

I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced that starting in March 2012 it will have an exhibit on “The Art of Video Games.” This exhibit will explore 40some years of gaming and the development of visual effects and storytelling in these games. The best part, however, is the Smithsonian is asking us to be the curator of the exhibit. Through April 7, you can vote here to pick which 80 of 240 games will make up the exhibit. You have you register to vote (come on, it’s the Smithsonian), but I enjoyed just going through the images and remembering the games they came from. The ones from the “8-Bit” and “Bit Wars” eras made me want to fire up an old Sierra Quest adventure.

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