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Gamefest

The National Portrait Gallery at the American Art Museum hosted Gamefest 2012, a three day festival celebrating the opening of a new exhibition, The Art of Video Games. The festival featured talks from video game pioneers, panel discussions, movie screenings, costume photo-ops, and hands-on play.

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A sign welcomes gamers to Gamefest.

A sign welcomes gamers to Gamefest.1Picture by Lark EaglinAn Atari 2600, released in October 1997, sits on display.2Picture by Lark EaglinThis fourth generation (1985-89) console was originally released in Japan as the Mega Drive. It was released again in 1989.3Picture by Lark EaglinThis Super NES was released in North America, Europe, Oceania and South America between 1990 and 1993.4Picture by Lark EaglinGamefest provided tables to design video game characters with small colored paper pieces.5Picture by Lark EaglinThese cosplayers came dressed as characters from Final Fantasy 4 and 10.6Picture by Lark EaglinA Final Fantasy cosplayer plays Sonic the Hedgehog.7Picture by Lark EaglinGamefest featured an area where attendees could be part of a video game.8Picture by Lark EaglinLevel 3 of the real life video game featured purple hoops that contestants had to jump through.9Picture by Lark EaglinThe DJ provided music and sound effects to accompany the live video game.10Picture by Lark Eaglin

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