To celebrate the opening of The Art of Video Games exhibition, we will be holding three jam-packed days of events and activities from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, 2012. The schedule kicks off on Friday with panel discussions that include industry pioneers such as Don Daglow and RJ Mical, as well as innovative contemporary game designers such as Kellee Santiago and Ken Levine. Following this is a keynote presentation by Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and often considered to be the father of electronic gaming (please note that this program is sold out). On Friday night, join us in our cool courtyard for a special screening of the original TRON, during which our cafe will remain open for drinks and snacks.
Saturday and Sunday will be filled with open play on historic and contemporary game consoles, craft activities, live action game play, and music. Saturday night brings you the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and includes a special treat after the screening, when curator Chris Melissinos will host a discussion with the documentary stars Walter Day, Brian Kuh, Billy Mitchell, and Steve Sanders. For the full schedule of events during GameFest, please see our website! Note that all programs and activities are free, open to the public, and do not require registration, but will operate on a first-come first-served basis whenever space is limited.