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The Smithsonian’s Going to Throw a GameFest to Celebrate The Art of Video Games and You Should Totally Go

Illustration for article titled The Smithsonian’s Going to Throw a GameFest to Celebrate emThe Art of Video Games/em and You Should Totally Go

You did vote to get your favorite games into The Art of Video Games exhibit, didn't you? If not, don't crying that Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom didn't make it into the show. Anyway, we're only two short months away from the exhibit's opening of at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian's announced that they're holding a two-day celebration.

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GameFest gathers up some of the coolest bands and the sharpest and most influential names in games design during the third weekend of March, and throws in a bunch of video games to boot. There'll be a keynote by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and panels featuring Irrational Games' Ken Levine as well as Robin Hunicke and Kellee Santago from thatgamecompany. Musical acts 8 Bit Weapon, ComputeHer and TriForce Quartet will be performing all weekend, too. You can get the full rundown here but, basically, if you're a lover of video games past or present, attendance is practically mandatory.

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The Art of Video Games GameFest! [The Smithsonian American Art Museum]

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Just looked at the exhibition list. I'm not sure whether it's sad or funny that they list their exhibits by platform, and all of the 360's listed games are on multiple platforms, whereas every other list is largely based on system-defining titles. Just seems kinda odd...couldn't people have nominated any system exclusives? Lost Odyssey has great art. And as much as I despise the games themselves, the environment art in Fable is very nice. Instead they have Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth 2 listed? Yikes.

Man, I wish the Smithsonian Art Museum was here in Chicago. We never get gamer-related stuff out here except for weird nerd burlesque shows.