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The Art of Video Games\, which travels from the Smithsonian American Art Museum\, is one of the fir st exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an art istic medium\, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. It features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology\, from early pioneers to cont emporary designers. The exhibition focuses on the interplay of graphics\, t echnology and storytelling through some of the best games for twenty gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. Eighty games\, se lected with the help of the public\, demonstrate the evolution of the mediu m. The games are presented through still images and video footage. In addit ion\, the galleries will include video interviews with twenty developers an d artists\, large prints of in-game screen shots\, and historic game consol es. Chris Melissinos\, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems\, is the curator of the exhibition.

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A companion book\, The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect\, co-au thored by curator Chris Melissinos is available for purchase online and in the Museum store. Published by Welcome Books in cooperation with the Smiths onian American Art Museum\, the book examines each of the 80 featured games \, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their development and innovation\, and commentary on the relevance of each in the history of video games.

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