On Friday May 10th, the EMP (Experience Music Project) exhibition The Art of Video Games signed off in the same awesome way it signed on, with an epic night of gaming.
As described on the EMP website, this exhibition was a way to “Explore 40 years of visual effects, creative storytelling, and technological innovation in video games through hands-on gaming consoles and interviews with the artists, producers, and designers that defined the genre and brought new electric meaning to the word ‘game’.”From Pac-man to Bioshock, from card games to influential speakers, at the closing night of this extensive exhibition there was something for every genre of nerd to enjoy.
In the Sky church, attendees lined up to battle it out at Madden, Old School Donkey Kong and a myriad of other games on massive floor to ceiling screens. One could also get a lil liquid courage, participate in an epic 10 person Bomberman match, or just hang back, people watch post on Reddit.
Not into big crowds? It’s cool, they had you covered. For a more private gaming experience, you could head down to the portal room and get your game fix on a smaller screen in one of the many stalls separated with Zelda-esque metal acanthus walls.
In addition to games, it was here in the basement that you could jump in the “Scream Booth” for a spooked set of photo booth style pictures, play with perception in front of the transformative monster maker to cast a shadow of a different kind or check out some sweet game art.
If you weren’t into gaming onsite, there were also a handful of live talks to attend that ran the line from game history, to game creation to mobile games. For the truly non-social, the exhibition featured 20 kiosks where one could simply slip on some headphones and learn about the ins & out of video games like Super Mario Brothers 3, The Legend of Zelda, The Battle of Midway and whole slew of others.
If you didn’t make it to the exhibition, shame on you. It was awesome.