Pay your way into Smithsonian's 'Art of of Video Games' exhibit

Now you too can live in video game infamy for the price of a day's lunch. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is accepting donations for its upcoming Art of Video Games exhibition, and offering to display the names of its financial supporters in both the physical exhibit and its online counterpart.

Starting now, donators can have their first and last names attached to the exhibit for a minimum of $10. However, those that buy into the higher support levels (i.e. $25, $50, $100, and $250) will be rewarded with seeing their names displayed in larger fonts. The only catch is the Smithsonian will be vetting the entries for offensive language, so you may want to find another way to cement Assy Von Lickenstein's place in video game history.

The Art of Video Games exhibit is a joint project between the Smithsonian and Past Pixels founder Chris Melissinos. It is being billed as “one of the first exhibitions in the world to explore the evolution of video games as an artistic medium”, and will feature 80 games which were selected by a public vote to represent the industry in all its incarnations. The show is scheduled to run March 16th to September 30th, 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Oct 3, 2011

Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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