Video games have come a long way since the days of the Atari. The industry has gone from a fringe group of programmers barely making back their budgets to multi-billion dollar companies with profits rivaling their spiritual brethren in Hollywood. The games themselves have gone from simple tennis simulations to multi-chapter epics with hundreds of hours of story.
No one can doubt the meteoric rise of their popularity, but the interactive nature of games have led many to question whether they can rightfully be defined as art. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is currently making their comment on the debate with an exhibit entitled “The Art of Video Games.”
Check out Contributing Writer Seth Rose’s article on the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibit The Art of Video Games.