It’s a tired, perennial gaming cliche as resilient as the villainous AI computer system that first uttered it. But, yes, Portal’s “The cake is a lie,” was the most entered comment in the guestbook for The Art of Video Games exhibit while it was at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (It’s now touring the country, currently in Boca Raton, Florida, and soon moving on to Seattle, Washington, next).
As part of their “Lessons from the Museum - Postmortem on The Art of Video Games Smithsonian Exhibit” panel at MAGFest 11, exhibit curator Chris Melissinos and exhibition coordinator Georgina Goodlander reviewed a handful of scribblings and heartwarming notes left in The Art of Video Games guestbook.
Smithsonian staff marveled over how many drawings were in the guestbook and how many people knew how to draw Link. (Photo not shown because someone wrote their PSN ID on it.)
[All images courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum]
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