If you follow KitGuru’s articles or gaming news in general, you are probably aware of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s upcoming exhibit “The Art of Video Games.” Opening March 16th, the exhibit will feature select games for their “striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies,” demonstrating the evolution of game art. As opening day approaches, more information is released about the three-day GameFest kickoff.
The entire GameFest itinerary can be viewed here. It includes panel discussions about the evolution of video games, movie viewings, book signings, live action gaming events, and musical performances by Triforce Quartet and 8 Bit Weapon. Appearances and talks/panel discussions will take place with Don Daglow (President/Creative Director of Daglow Entertainment, LLC, creator of Neverwinter Nights), RJ Mical (Senior Manager at Sony, co-inventor of the first hand-held game system in color), Mike Mika (CCO of Other Ocean Interactive), Rand Miller (co-founder/CEO of Cyan,worked on Myst), Keith Robinson (designer of TRON Solar Sailer ), Paul Barnett (Senior Creative Director at BioWare-Mythic, known for Warhammer Fantasy Battle universe), Mark DeLaura (VP of Technology at THQ), Ken Levine (game designer for Looking Glass’ Thief: The Dark Project and System Shock 2, project director for BioShock), Kellee Santiago (co-founder/president of thatgamecompany, named most influential women in games in 2010 by Kotaku), Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari), Chris Melissinos (author of The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect), and Robin Hunicke (designer at thatgamecompany).
Recently announced is the addition of a special panel – a panel just for Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid series director. Although “A Conversation with Hideo Kojima” is free to attend, seating is limited. Fortunately, the Smithsonian will show the panel discussions in an online webcast, so people outside of the D.C. area can enjoy the events as well. The webcasts will include “Evolution of Video Games: Pioneers” with many influential pioneers of the gaming world, “Evolution of Video Games: The Future” with key players within the industry, “Nolan Bushnell: Video Games in Retrospect,” “It’s All in the Design with Robin Hunicke,” a discussion with the stars of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, and “Video Games: Beyond Play.”
KitGuru says: We look forward to the release of these panel discussion webcasts. With so many key players giving talks about where gaming has been and where it’s headed, this event is important to the overall industry of gaming.