Photo courtesy of flintarts.org

By Aaron Ynclan, Staff Writer

“The Art of Video Games” recently began its tour at the Flint Institute of Arts.

First opening on March 16, 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum,  “The Art of Video Games” is showcases the evolution of video games as it “explores the artistic development of video games over the medium’s 40-year history.”

Though the emphasis is placed on video games and its use of visual imagery, the exhibit also examines the influence of traditional art forms and their role in the modern development of video games, such as sculpture, writing, and music among others. Past Pixels founder, Chris Melissinos is the curator of the exhibit.

Photo courtesy of flintarts.org
Photo courtesy of flintarts.org

Featuring 80 games selected by Melissinos and an advisory board of industry veterans and voted on by the public, the exhibit “focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology, and storytelling through a variety of popular games created for 20 gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3.” Five featured games, one from each era in gaming, are made playable for audience members and include “Pac-Man ”, “Super Mario Bros.”, “The Secret of Monkey Island”, “Myst”, and “Flower”. Additionally, the exhibition includes “video interviews from twenty developers and artists, demonstrations in the advancement of mechanics in game development mechanics, and historic gaming consoles.”

“The Art of Video Games” will be at the Flint Institute of Arts from Oct. 25 to Jan. 18 of next year. Melissinos was present for the exhibit’s Saturday opening to give a presentation, and many more events are currently planned for the duration of its run, including video game tournaments, weekend showings of “Video Games: The Movie,” and a special performance from the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Suite from Video Games Live.

For additional information and a full list of events, visit the museum webpage at www.flintarts.org.