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People enjoying Slam City Oracles a custom arcade cabinet by Jane Friedhoff. Photographer: Darren Milligan, 2014, SAAM Arcade, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

FREE Entry, Workshops and Gameplay
Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 6, 2017
11:30 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.

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About

SAAM Arcade is an annual event hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its partners. The event, which is free and open to the public, is August 5 and 6, 2017 at the museum's main building in Washington, D.C.

The Kogod Courtyard at night,. Photographer: Bruce Guthrie, 2016, SAAM Arcade, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

This year, the museum will be filled to the brim with video games. One hundred fifty independent developers have submitted their games to be shown at SAAM Arcade while additional arcade cabinets and consoles will be provided by MagFest, Death by Audio Arcade, Arcades4Home, and CrabTowne USA. Game building workshops will be presented in the MacMillan Education Center by Boolean Girl and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, while the Triforce Quartet and Bit Brigade perform in McEvoy Auditorium. In addition, Events DC presents the Boys and Girls Club Youth eSports League Championship on the 3rd floor.


Schedule

Workshops in MacMillan Education Center

August 5 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Workshop
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. “DVP: Design, Build, Play”
Analogue game development workshop with Professor Ben Norskov using paper, poster board, pencils, markers, game pieces die with various probabilities - - 6 sides, 12 sides
3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Game Hacks: Create Your Own Mod Digital game development workshop with Professor Ben Norskov using Construct 2

August 6 Boolean Girl Workshop
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. “Retro Arcade: Program your own classic arcade game with Boolean Girl”
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. “Retro Arcade: Program your own classic arcade game with Boolean Girl”

Concerts in McEvoy Auditorium

Saturday, August 5


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Triforce Quartet
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bit Brigade

Sunday, August 6


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Triforce Quartet
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bit Brigade



Esports in the Great Hall

Saturday, August 5

2:00 p.m. Boys and Girls Club Youth eSports League Championship
Presented by Events DC with guest NRG’s Nairo

2017 Independent Developer Showcase

These professional and student games have been selected from over 150 international entries to be showcased at SAAM Arcade.

See Games Selected for the
2017 Independent Developer Showcase

See Past Independent Game Showcases

Indie Game Judging Process

Game submissions and selections are coordinated by American University's Chris Totten and Lindsay Grace as well as DC's IGDA Chapter. Elections are made by a senior panel of independent game makers and industry veterans appointed by American University and IGDA DC.

In the News

This Event is Supported By





Supported by the Entertainment Software Association Foundation. Washington City Paper is the Media Partner.

Contact Us

For more information email us at SAAMArcade@si.edu.