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SAAM Arcade

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The Smithsonia­n American Art Museum’s annual SAAM Arcade, which returns to an in-person format at the museum’s Kogod Courtyard this weekend, celebrates the art of the video game. This year’s theme is “Color, Line and Form,” and the museum describes the event as part of “the study and interpreta­tion of video games as part of the national visual culture.” Really, though, it’s about turning the Kogod into a giant free arcade. Older gamers can wax nostalgic about vintage arcade cabinets — previous years have featured multiplaye­r X-men and the original Mario Brothers — or explore the row of different console systems. The event also offers a spotlight to independen­t game developers, with eight new titles available to play at the museum Saturday, and the online Game Jam, which allows anyone to create a video or tabletop game and post it on the museum’s itch.io page for the public to play, beginning Monday. (Full details are on the event’s website.)

When: Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Smithsonia­n American Art Museum, Eighth and G streets NW. americanar­t.si.edu.

Admission: Free.

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