Smithsonian Reveals Final Selections for Art of Video Games Exhibit

May 5, 2011 -

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's "The Art of Video Games" exhibit selections have been chosen, with some familiar titles making the cut. Chosen by an online vote, the community chose such titles as The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock, Uncharted, and Shadow of the Colossus. Five games will be playable at the exhibition which will run through September 30 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

The exhibits will be divided up by eras. The full list can be found below:

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, but not included in vote): Pac-Man (Arcade), Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, World of Warcraft

 

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Re: Smithsonian Reveals Final Selections for Art of Video ...

Dear Roger Ebert,

SUCK IT.

Sincerely, the gamers.

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Re: Smithsonian Reveals Final Selections for Art of Video ...

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Battle for Middle Earth 2?

Seriously?

That game was a piece of crap on the 360.

Re: Smithsonian Reveals Final Selections for Art of Video ...

The proverb "Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it" comes to mind.

Re: Smithsonian Reveals Final Selections for Art of Video ...

Mario and Zelda are up for display for every era that Nintendo has a presence. Being a fan it would be really awesome to see these evolve as you make your way through the exhibit.

Re: Smithsonian Reveals Final Selections for Art of Video ...

ANd now to just wait for some jackasses to being protesting this or word from the "Games are not arT" crowd.

Re: Smithsonian Reveals Final Selections for Art of Video ...

That's an impressive lineup. They did a great job of defining those different eras.

I would love to see a progression of genres and public reactions though. Can the ECA provide an exhibit?

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