MassEffect2, 2010
Directed and Produced by Casey Hudson
Written by Mac Walters and Drew Karpyshyn
© 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. 
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The Art of Video Games

October 25, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

Don't miss your last chance to view The Art of Video Games! This exciting exhibition explores the 40-year history of video games and the role artists play in gaming. The chronological installation demonstrates the increasing role artists have had in gaming from the very beginning where artists were only involved in designing supplemental materials to today where artists are the key players in design, overseeing a game from concept to final rendering.

The exhibition has 20 interactive kiosks that analyze 80 groundbreaking video games and 20 major at-home gaming consoles. In addition, there are 5 playable games for visitors to enjoy on larger-than-life screens:Pac ManSuper Mario Bros.The Secret of Monkey IslandMyst, and Flower. Be sure to check out original character and landscape concept sketches and interviews with gaming industry leaders.

The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program,Treasures to Go.

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From the Exhibition

  • Bioshock, Ken Levine, creative director and executive producer; Paul Hellquist, lead designer; Dean Tate, senior designer and artist; Scott Sinclair, art director, Microsoft XBox 360, 2007, image courtesy of 2K Games, Inc., and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

  • Diablo II, various artists, DOS/Windows, 2000, © 2000 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. Diablo is a trademark or registered trademark of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

  • Earthworm Jim, Doug TenNapel, original concept, character designer and voice actor; Tommy Tallarico, composer; Steve Crow, lead artist; David Luehmann, producer, SEGA Genesis, 1994, © 1994 Interplay Entertainment Corp. Earthworm Jim, the Earthworm Jim logo, Interplay, the Interplay logo, and 'By Gamers. For Gamers.' are trademarks or registered trademarks of Interplay Entertainment Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. All Rights Reserved.

  • Einhander, Tetsuo Mizuno, Tomoyuki Takechi, Shinji Hashimoto, executive producers; Yusuke Hirata, producer; Tatsuo Fujii, director; Yuji Asano, lead design, PlayStation, 1998, © 1997, 1998 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.

  • flOw, Jenova Chen, Nicholas Clark, game design, Modern Windows, 2006, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.