The D.C. Docent

The Art of Video Games: Your Ultimate Exhibit Countdown Starts Today!

3-2-1 BLAST OFF!

This exhibit at The American Art Museum on video games as both historical technology lesson and art medium has nerdfest and bong hits written all over it. And that means you are gonna need to prepare yourself for this show starting today.

Today (Tuesday, March 13th)

Reawaken your video game memories by watching movie versions of Tron, Super Mario Brothers, PacMan, Mortal Kombat, Modern Warfare trailers or the ultimate video game documentary: King of Kong!

Also, start hydrating.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 14th)

Nothing goes together better than video games and junk food. And photos of video game exhibits getting constructed. Go to 7-11 and sweep the snack aisle. Combos, Slim Jims, Cheetos—nothing is off limits. Get your salt on. Do some jumping jacks.

Keep hydrating.

The Day After (Thursday, March 15th)

Because I know you’re trying to keep it critical, over-intellectualize the meaning of this show by reading:

Critical Theory, Political Economy and Game Studies: A Review of “Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games.”

Roger Ebert’s relationship with video games as art

Gamasutra’s (yeah, I said it) Art and Video Games: Intersections

Double your water intake and buy Gatorade for later.

The Night Before (Friday, March 16th)

The show opens today, but you best prep for one more day and hit the museum early Saturday morning. Your final step? PLAY SOME VIDEO GAMES!

At Home: PS3, PSP, XBOX, Wii, Nintendo, Plug-n-Play, Atari, whatever.

On the Town: The dreaded Dave & Busters, Pharmacy Bar and ???

Jackpot! (Saturday, March 17th)

Drink the Gatorade you bought earlier this week, shower, get dressed and get thee to the museum. Game on.