City Paper is not for tourists
In 2012, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum confirmed what many have known for years: that video games aren’t mindless wastes of time; they’re works of art. The “Art of Video Games” exhibit, which ran for six months, showcased the history and artistic merits of video games—from the earliest Atari and arcade classics, to the latest Playstation and Xbox consoles. On Saturday, the American Art Museum is bringing back video games, but in an entirely different fashion. The Museum’s Kogod Courtyard will be transformed into an Indie Arcade, with everything from classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Asteroids, and Tron, to console games and indie games by new young developers. There will also be game-building workshops so you can attempt to create a product on your own. If you’ve ever had a reason to put away the Pringles and Mountain Dew and pry yourself away from hour 22 of playing Fallout 4, it’s this. You know, for art’s sake. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu.