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Smithsonian Art of Video Games Exhibit

Postby Wulfespinndel » Fri May 06, 2011 1:08 am

http://www.vg247.com/2011/05/05/smithso ... s-exhibit/

vg247 wrote:The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the selections which will be shown during its Art of Video Games exhibit.

The submissions were voted for online, and unsurprisingly, winners include offerings from The Legend of Zelda series, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock, Uncharted, and Shadow of the Colossus.

Five games will also be playable at the exhibition which runs March 16 through September 30, 2012, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC.

The list of included games is below, courtesy of Shack, or you can look them over through a colorful PDF link.

Era 1: Start!

Atari VCS

Pac-Man
Pitfall
Space Invaders
Combat
Colecovision

Donkey Kong
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
Zaxxon
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
Mattel Intellivision
Tron: Maze-Atron
Advanced Dungons and Dragons
Star Strike
Utopia
Era 2: 8-Bit

Commodore 64

Jumpman
The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate
Attack of the Mutant Camels
Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Nintendo Entertainment System

Super Mario Brothers
The Legend of Zelda
1943: The Battle of Midway
Desert Commander
Sega Master System

Marble Madness
Phantasy Star
After Burner
Spy vs Spy
Era 3: Bitwars!

Sega Genesis

Earthworm Jim
Phantasy Star IV
Gunstar Heroes
Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Super Mario World
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Star Fox
SimCity
Era 4: Transition

DOS/Windows

Doom II
Fallout
Diablo II
StarCraft
Nintendo 64

Super Mario 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Goldeneye 007
Worms Armageddon
Sega Dreamcast

Sonic Adventure
Shenmue
Rez
Chu Chu Rocket!
Sega Saturn

Tomb Raider
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
Sim City 2000
Sony PlayStation

Metal Gear Solid
Final Fantasy VII
Einhander
Final Fantasy Tactics
Era 5: Next Generation

Microsoft Xbox

Halo 2
Fable 2
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
Microsoft Xbox 360

BioShock
Mass Effect 2
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II
Modern Windows

Portal
Fallout 3
flOw
Minecraft
Nintendo GameCube

Metroid Prime 2: Echos
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Star Fox: Assault
Pikmin 2
Nintendo Wii

Super Mario Galaxy 2
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Boom Blox
Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
Sony PlayStation 2

Shadow of the Colossus
Okami
Gradius V
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Sony PlayStation 3

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Heavy Rain
Flower
Brutal Legend

Additional Games (available for short play in exhibit, not included in vote)

Pac-Man (Arcade)
Super Mario Brothers
The Secret of Monkey Island
Myst
World of Warcraft


Video games is a form of art, I guess.

The thing I'm focusing on actually in this is the list of video games available to play.

I'm happy Halo 2 is on there. I've played that game more than any other Halo game trying to find the skulls as well as doing glitches; getting out of maps made me hunger for more. Metroid Prime 2 is a rather wise choice for the Prime saga. It's a shame that WoW is available for short play.
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Re: Smithsonian Art of Video Games Exhibit

Postby zepherin » Fri May 06, 2011 3:34 am

Shit thats going to be in DC tits I live near there.

2012, that's bullshit. I have to wait a year.
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Re: Smithsonian Art of Video Games Exhibit

Postby Vegedus » Sat May 07, 2011 1:05 pm

Speaking of games as art: It's official.

The name of "Art of videogames" actually doesn't imply games are art, just that they contain it (which is a fact, since they contain moth music and visual art). I think they named it so to stave of any controversy.
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Re: Smithsonian Art of Video Games Exhibit

Postby zepherin » Sat May 07, 2011 1:44 pm

They are, they didn't need to be recognized as art any more than any form of theater needed to be recognized as art. That being said some people have a narrow definition of art, but if your definition includes movies, music and theater as art forms the video games fall under the exact same realm.

I prefer this definition
"The use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."
And video games fall under aesthetic objects, environments and experiences.
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