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“The Art of Video Games” Exhibit Comes to The Smithsonian on March 16

“The Art of Video Games” Exhibit Comes to The Smithsonian on March 16

by Michelle QuillenMarch 5, 2012

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will be debuting its new exhibit, “The Art of Video Games”, on March 16. The showcase will observe video games as an art form, and be the first of its kind to display the development of games over the last forty years.

Incorporating the visual and audio elements of images and clips from eighty different titles, the exhibit will focus on the evolution of video games and their usage as a storytelling vehicle. The included footage was chosen based on a public poll of  119,000 people in 175 countries, totaling 3.7 million votes. It is in part sponsored by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and will also feature the work of some of the business’s most prolific names.

Also highlighted by the six-month production are aspects of game development and how the improvement of technology has lent greatly to video games’ ability to engage players through powerful narration and captivating aesthetics. The stories of developers and artists will also be told via twenty video interviews playing throughout the exhibit.

Attendees have the opportunity to get a hands-on experience of how new game play elements have contributed to the industry’s advancement, as the public will be able to play five featured games: Pac-Man by Namco Bandai and Midway, Super Mario Bros. by Nintendo, The Secret of Monkey Island by LucasArts, Myst by Brøderbund, and Flower by Sony Computer Entertainment.

“The Art of Video Games” will launch with GameFest, a three-day convention-esque gathering focusing on fan interaction and participation, such as artist meet-and-greets, discussion panels, movie screenings, and costume photo-ops. A concert by a Gamer Symphony Orchestra takes place on April 29, and a “Music of Games” performance on May 5 by the 21st Century Resort will also complement the multi-media presentation.

On display at the Smithsonian until September 30, “The Art of Video Games” will then travel to six other cities, including New York, Miami, Memphis and Seattle.

To see a video of Chris Melissino, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s guest curator, explaining what makes video games an art form, please visit

For a comprehensive schedule of GameFest events and more details about the showcase, go to



Source: The Entertainment Software Association

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  • sammiguan

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  • Elinor Tuten

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    Garza was attending Texas Arts & Industry College (now Texas A & M) and involved with the Mexican American Youth Organization, when she began to formulate the philosophy of her art. Affirmation, rather than resistance, grew to become her agent for change. Considering That then, her creative focus has been to celebrate and get satisfaction in Mexican-American communities, families, history, and culture, drawing strength as well from the feminist movement.
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  • Alina Elliott

    Dear Mr *****,

    Rogers Cable (Rogers) has received a notice stating that activities associated with your IP address are infringing copyright in material(s) owned or exclusively licensed by others.

    The full notice is appended to this e-mail below.

    Under section 4(d) of the Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet End User Agreement (EUA) and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), you are prohibited from using the Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet service to engage in illegal activities, including activities that infringe copyright. Copies of our EUA and AUP are available at:

    Where there has been a violation of our EUA and/or AUP, including the unauthorized distribution of copyright-protected material, Rogers has the right to take appropriate action against you.

    If you have any questions about the attached copyright notice, please contact the sender of the notice using the contact information provided in the notice. Please do not reply to this e-mail.

    We trust you will comply with our policies and all applicable laws in using the Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet service.

    Rogers EUA Management Team

    EUA Management Team
    Rogers Yahoo Hi-Speed Internet

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    Entertainment Software Association
    575 7th Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20004 USA

    Attention: Intellectual Property Enforcement
    Telephone: 202-223-2400
    E-mail: mailto:[email protected]?subject=RE%3A%20Notice%20ID%3A%20182%2D96196018%20ESA%20Canada%20Notice

    25 May 2009 03:11:32 GMT

    ISP: Rogers Cable Communications Inc.
    ESA Reference Number: 182-96196018

    Dear Rogers Cable Communications Inc.:

    The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is a trade association that represents the intellectual property interests of numerous companies that publish interactive games for video game consoles, personal computers, handheld devices and the Internet in the United States of America, in Canada, and in other countries (collectively referred to as ESA members). ESA is authorized to act on behalf of ESA members whose copyright and other intellectual property rights it believes to be infringed as described herein.

    ESA is providing this letter of notification to make Rogers Cable Communications Inc. aware of material on its network or system that infringes the exclusive copyright rights of and is unlawful towards one or more ESA members.

    ESA members are entitled to the full protection of Canadian intellectual property laws, including the Copyright Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-42, as amended, in such entertainment software products.

    Based on the information at its disposal on 21 May 2009 18:05:48 GMT, ESA has a good faith belief that XX.XXX.XXX.XXX infringes the rights of one or more ESA members by offering for sale or download unauthorized copies of game products protected by copyright, or offering for sale or download material that is the subject of infringing activities. The copyrighted works that have been infringed include but are not limited to:

    Title: Age of Empires III
    Notice ID: 96196018
    Infringement Source: BitTorrent
    Infringement Timestamp: 21 May 2009 18:05:48 GMT
    Infringement Last Documented: 21 May 2009 18:05:48 GMT
    Infringer Username:
    Infringing Filename: Age of Empires III+2 Expansions+Cracks & Serials.rar
    Infringing Filesize: 3039063420
    Infringer IP Address: XX.XXX.XXX.XXX
    Infringer DNS Name:
    Infringer Port ID: 0

    The unauthorized copies of such game product(s) or the material that is the subject of infringing activities appears on or is made available through XX.XXX.XXX.XXX. Those items are listed and/or identified thereon by their titles or variations thereof, game-related listings/references/descriptions, or depictions of game-related artwork. Such copies, titles, game-related listings/references/descriptions, depictions, and material that is the subject of infringing activities, are hereinafter referred to as “Infringing Material.”

    Accordingly, ESA hereby requests Rogers Cable Communications Inc. to immediately do the following:

    1. Notify the account holder of the Infringing Material.
    2. Remove, or disable access to, the Infringing Material detailed above.
    3. Take appropriate action against the account holder under your Abuse Policy/Terms of Service Agreement, including termination of a repeat offender.

    Please inform us whether you will remove or disable access to the Infringing Material as requested. Rogers Cable Communications Inc. or the account holder may contact ESA at the above-listed contact details, with email preferred. Please include the above-noted Reference Number in the subject line of all email

  • Hayden

    Yes I know I did a wrong thing
    Dear Charter Internet Subscriber:
    Charter Communications (“Charter”) has been notified by a copyright owner, or its authorized agent, that your Internet account may have been involved in the exchange of unauthorized copies of copyrighted material (e.g., music, movies, or software). Below is a copy of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice that Charter received from the copyright holder which includes the specific allegation.
    Under the DMCA, copyright owners have the right to notify Charter’s register agent if they believe that a Charter customer has infringed on their work(s). When Charter receives a complaint notice from a copyright owner, Charter will notify the identifiable customer of the alleged infringement by providing them a copy of the submitted DMCA notice. As required by law, Charter may determine that the customer is a repeat copyright infringer and reserves the right to suspend or terminate the accounts of repeat copyright infringers.
    It is possible that this activity has occurred without your permission or knowledge by an unauthorized user, a minor who may not fully understand the copyright laws, or even as a result of a computer virus. However, as the named subscriber on the account, you may be held responsible for any misuse of your account. Please be aware that using Charter’s service to engage in any form of copyright infringement is expressly prohibited by Charter’s Acceptable Use Policy and that repeat copyright infringement, or violations of any other Charter policy, may result in the suspension or termination of your service. You may view Charter’s rules and policies, including Charter’s Acceptable Use Policy, under the policies section of
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    Charter Communications Security Resolution Team
    Notice Received from Copyright Holder

    Re: Copyright Infringement by Charter Communications Subscriber

    Dear Charter Communications:

    The Entertainment Software Association (“ESA”) is the U.S. trade association that represents the intellectual property interests of companies that publish interactive games for video game consoles, personal computers, handheld devices, and the Internet (hereinafter collectively referred to as “ESA members”). A list of ESA members can be found at Under penalty of perjury, we affirm that ESA is authorized to act on behalf of ESA members whose exclusive copyright rights we believe to have been infringed as described herein.

    ESA is providing this notice pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. section 512, to request that you take immediate action with respect to infringement of ESA member copyrighted works by your Subscriber. Using the IP address on the date and time referenced in the subject line of this notice, the Subscriber employed a peer-to-peer service or software to distribute infringing copies of ESA member game products, including the following title:

    Courts in the United States have held consistently that the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works using peer-to-peer or similar services constitutes copyright infringement. E.g., MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005); BMG Music v. Gonzalez, 430 F.3d 888, 891 (7th Cir. 2005); Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46638, *49 (S.D.N.Y. May 11, 2010

    This Subscriber should understand clearly that there are serious consequences for infringement. The Copyright Act in the United States provides for statutory damages of up to $30,000 per work infringed, and up to $150,000 per work for willful infringement. 17 U.S.C. section 504(c).

    We ask that you work with us to protect the intellectual property rights of ESA members by:

    1. Providing the Subscriber with a copy of this notice of copyright infringement, and warning the Subscriber that his or her conduct was unlawful and could be subject to civil or even criminal prosecution.
    2. Promptly taking steps to stop the Subscriber’s infringing activity.
    3. Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. section 512(i)(1)(A), as appropriate,
    Sorry I didn’t make my question clear, I was wondering if any legal actions will be taken.

    This was my first time torrenting. I torrented a game that I had bought for XBOX 360 and played it, but I wanted to mod it on my PC. So instead of paying 60 bucks again I torrented. Stupid decision I know. I’m just a stupid 16 year old learning from the mistakes I make and I’ll never do this again.

  • colingrillo

    Im now livin in Canada, but i have no idea what university should i apply to + i dont no what i should apply for art? digital art? design? im a major art student and i take computers courses for photoshop i have a pretty good sketch book with different pieces of anatomies and building drawings. so any suggestions? thnx

  • kass9191

    He brings up a lot of goods points, and references Rick Wakeman.

    He references Rick Wakeman, people! That’s an accomplishment in itself.

    Anyway, do you think his opinion is veritable, or is he simply being…ignorant? You decide for yourselves.

  • happyha31

    I received an email from my internet this morning from my internet service provider notifying me of a complain they received from the Entertainment Software Association. The complaint said they had seen my ip address in exchange of Unreal Tournament 3. My internet service provider said that they would shut down internet service if this continued. I shut down all torrenting within 3 hours of receiving the email and 12 hours of being caught in the act.

    This email was by nature a warning. Could they take me to court at this point (I have a feeling the answer is yes)? Do you think they would? Basically what I asking is do you think a warning is an actual warning and I should just stop torrenting or should I wipe my harddrive and smash my computer with a baseball bat.

  • have faith

    Specifically I’m interested in military/street fighting themed games like Bionic Commando and Double Dragon.

  • andresumoza

    We saw it with cell phones and then televisions in the driver’s view, accidents were what rose right along with entertainment value. Do you predict internet surfing will produce a similar effect? Do you think this is a good or bad idea for the auto industry?

    Ford brings Wi-Fi to the highway

    Ford is making its cars into mobile Wi-Fi hot spots.

    The next generation of the Sync in-car entertainment and information system will use a USB mobile broadband modem to establish a secure wireless connection capable of supporting several devices simultaneously.

    The system will be available next year on selected models — no word yet which ones — and you won’t need a subscription or hardware beyond the modem.

    “While you’re driving to grandma’s house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas. “And you’re not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have.”

    Several automakers already offer in-car Internet access — Japanese drivers have been using it since 1997 — and many others are rushing to bring it to us. Ford’s announcement follows General Motors’ promise last week to make in-car connectivity available in seven models of trucks and SUVs. They’re the latest automakers to bring the infobahn to the autobahn.

    Mercedes recently announced it has successfully tested in-vehicle Internet applications — including web browsing, vehicle software updates and VOIP — on a prototype 4G network. It follows BMW’s Internet-connected iDrive system and Chrysler’s Uconnect Web in-vehicle mobile hotspot. With so many automakers getting in on the action, there’s a push to introduce hardware standards.

    Ford is taking a decidedly different approach, opting to allow consumers to plug in their own USB modem to get connected.

    General Motors, on the other hand, offers a dealer-installed system called Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile. It creates a Wi-Fi hot spot 300 feet in diameter around the vehicle, and GM claims the 3G network achieves speeds of up to 1.5 mbps. The hardware costs $199 after the $200 mail-in rebate, and the service costs $29 a month.

    Given how connected we are, it makes sense for automakers to put the Internet in our cars. The number of iPhones and other mobile devices being used to connect to the Internet jumped 75 percent in the third quarter of this year, according to JiWire Mobile Audiences Insights Report.

    Letting people log on from the road will be a big selling point among 20-something buyers, the so-called Millennials who have propelled much of Sync’s success. Millennials will make up 28 percent of the driving population next year, a nine-point increase from 2004.

    Kids aside, Ford says interest in in-car connectivity is high among the general public, with one-third of people surveyed by the Consumer Electronics Association expressing interest in being able to check e-mail or surf the Web from the car


  • Hannah

    Hello, I want to learn to draw concept art for video games. The kind you see in the Final Fantasy game’s start screen, like how X has Yuna sending, and VII has the picture of Meteor, etc. However, I want to focus mainly on drawing very realistic-looking people. Fantasy/Medieval themed, mostly. I also want to be able to draw effects like fire and water, and be able to color them in well and incorporate shading, as well. Does anyone know where any free tutorials are for this, video or otherwise? Also, could I get a job once I learned this talent (preferably in the game industry) or do they do everything by computers now? If so, what would said job be like? One last thing: how much do those little tablets for drawing on the computer go for, and what are they like? Thanks all very much, I appreciate it. Oh, and can anybody recommend good brand names to me? Thanks again!
    I hate to let you down miss, but I don’t see where, in my question, I mentioned anything about learning this in an instant. I asked *how* I could learn this. Proper instructions at an art school? There you go! Sounds fine to me. I agree, we are a terribly lazy generation, and want to do everything without learning it first. It’s pathetic, I quite agree with you, but I set myself apart from them because I’m not like that. I was simlpy asking where to find instructions, or where I could go to be taught, how to draw what I want to draw. I wasn’t asking for a “For Dummies” or “Learn to Draw in Five Minutes!” I was asking where I could be taught, and how to go about it. But no, no, that’s okay–you just keep assuming, and keep holding your self over the rest in arrogance, thinking you know what everyone else is talking about. I just wanted to say this to clear up any confusion you saw here, and to leave you a bit of advice. Don’t jump to conclusions: you’ll fall.

  • encyclopath

    I have a Mass Effect art book that I would like to take some of the images from and hang up on my wall. Unfortunately my home printer isn’t large enough to print out the pictures. If I took the book to a print shop, would the print out some of the pictures on big posters for me?

  • Krazy Bob

    Over the year are form of entertainment has evolved. From story telling to radio, from radio to TV and from TV to Web content. All these things were accepted as a form of entertainment, Why not video games?

    Do you think that video games should only be aimed for kids?

  • hank baseballs

    Is it illegal to download CURRENT tv shows? I mean maybe a week after it was aired, not from the dvd’s. It would seem that it wouldn’t because some networks post their episodes online. I have gotten a warning for downloading a game (Tomb Raider Anniversary) from the “Entertainment Software Association”, but who would I get in trouble with for episodes that were recent?

    I can’t T-VO. I don’t own a tv and I live on a college campus.

  • SteveO

    I would like to be able to print off the box art (including the front, side, and back view) then cut it out and stick it in a DVD case where my game is being held

  • diggn4richez

    what does it mean by entertainment software association tracking a torrent? what happens if you download it?

  • maskills24

    Can you give me the names of some?