Racketboy Podcast #23 – The Smithsonian’s “The Art of Video Games” Curator Chris Melissinos


Chris Melissinos, Curator of The Smithsonian’s  “The Art of Video Games” Exhibit

Chris Melissinos is a long time gamer, an innovator in the games industry, and a public voice about the importance of games in contemporary culture.  He is also the curator of the upcoming “The Art of Video Games” exhibit at The Smithsonian American Art Museum.  In this episode, Chris talks about some hopes for the exhibit, explains how he thinks about games as art, and reveals how online voting is playing a role in what games are included.

Incidentally, voting for games takes place through April 17th at www.artofvideogames.org.  Go cast your vote!



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Show Outline:

  • (Superman 64 Level 2 music and show theme music)
  • Dave’s Intro
  • Interview with Chris Melissinos
  • (intro to E.T. for the Atari VCS )
  • Dave’s Outro
  • (“The Last Battle” – from Chrono Trigger for the SNES)

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Ed Rush & Optical – Pacman (Ram Trilogy Remix)

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Evan says:

BOOO no NEC consoles……. Turbo and PC Engine WROTE video game history

Chris Melissinos says:

Probably my biggest heartburn was having to cut the TG-16. But, with only 20 systems allowed, it had to make way for the other systems.

Chris Melissinos

Joe says:

I thought this was an amazing interview — thanks to both Dave and Chris for putting this together. Glad to see somebody so passionate about this effort. Best of success with the exhibit and I hope this catches on in museums in generations to come.

racketboy says:

Thanks Chris for taking the time to talk with Dave — I really enjoyed this one as well.
It’s a shame it couldn’t be longer, but I realize we all had lots going on that day at PAX 🙂
I’m looking forward to hearing more on this topic and hopefully I can visit the exhibit as well!

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