What was your favorite video game? The Smithsonian wants to know.

From the Smithsonian’s web site:

The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. The exhibition will feature eighty games through still images and video footage. Five games will be available for visitors to play for a few minutes, to gain some feel for the interactivity—Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft.

Additionally, the public is being asked to vote for their favorite games to be included, choosing from a pool of 240 proposed choices. Vote here through April 11, 2011.


Worth following: the Smithsonian Institution’s blog

I have to give an enthusiastic recommendation for the Smithsonian’s new(-ish) blog, SIRIS, for anyone with the slightly bit of curiosity about history, collections, our nation’s history or culture. From the SAA Archives & Archivists listserv:

Would you like to know more about the hidden treasures in the Smithsonian’s libraries, archives, museums, and special collections?  Read about highlights from these treasures on the newest Smithsonian blog at http://si-siris.blogspot.com.

Several times a week, Smithsonian staff will showcase some of their favorites from the fascinating pieces of history they discover in their daily work. We hope you will use the comments to engage in conversations with staff about these featured collections and to share your knowledge with us.

You can access the blog from the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) at www.siris.si.edu or from the Collections Search Center at http://collections.si.edu.

Interesting stuff! I love the excerpts from the Oklahoma Indian Cook Book and the photograph of Theodore Roosevelt, seated, a few entries back: