The Smithsonian's just-opened The Art of Video Games exhibition showcases the artistry and technology behind forty years of video game history. The show was kicked off with GameFest, a three-day festival featuring video game pioneers as well as today's creators. The Art of Video Games runs through Sept. 30 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
At left, the exhibition looks at the evolution of the video game medium across five generations: Start! (1970s-early 1980s); 8-Bit (1983-1989); Bit Wars! (1989-1994); Transition (1995-2002); and Next Generation (2003-current).