NORFOLK, Va. – For several months this spring, The Chrysler Museum will be hosting a non-traditional take on an exhibit looking at video games and their 40-year movement from a digital niche to a mainstream staple.
The Art of Video Games, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, illustrates why the industry has transitioned from an idle diversion to an art form of its own. The exhibition follows five eras of progress with four categories of games. It starts with Space Invaders on an Atari moving to The Legend of Zelda on a Nintendo and then on to the graphically rich epics available now like the Elder Scrolls series.
Even if you don’t remember Earthworm Jim or Sonic Hedgehog, you can still enjoy the event. You’ll have a chance to play classics like Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Myst, The Secret of Monkey Island and Flower as part of the exhibition.
Chris Melissinos of Past Pixels, the exhibit’s curator, asked for input while selecting the games to be in the show. Out of the 240 possible games, he had 3.7 million votes from 119,000 people in 175 countries.
It will run Feb. 14 to May 10 and admission is free.
There’s also a preview party Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar with a DJ, dance floor and interactive photo booth. It’s free for museum members and $10 for non-members.