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You think of them as addictive entertainment. But here you come to see them as high-tech art. “The Art of Video Games,” which runs through September at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., explores the evolution of the medium over the last 40 years, from Pong to PlayStation and beyond, through still images, video footage and interviews with game inventors. Playable games include Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros. and Myst.

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