I stopped by the Art of the Video Game at the Smithsonian in DC last week. The exhibit took viewers on a waltz through video gaming from Atari to Xbox. While the kiosks were ok, the conversations that these machines evoked were positively marvelous. Dads turning to their young kids, and telling them about their early Pong experiences with that badge of honor sound in their voices. Kids recalling Zelda and early Nintendo as their own right of passage. A conversation starter, a family experience, and a look a history that’s very much in the moment versus the stodgier versions of typical art exhibits made this a delight. See how many you remember. (Answers below).
Much ado was made of the range of emotions that people express while engaged in a video game. From astonishment to embarrassment to sheer bliss — the gamut was evident.
The Nintendo Entertainment System was an 8-bit system released in 1985.