Smithsonian Art of Video Games Exhibit Announces Titles and Playable Games

As I mentioned back in February 2011 here, the Smithsonian American Art Museum held an online vote for video games to be included in their upcoming exhibit, “The Art of Video Games.” Now, they have announced the winning video games to be included as well as a number of titles that will be playable at the exhibit, too. The games to be shown at the exhibit are (you should also read the linked PDF below for more description and screenshots of the included games):

Winning Games

The following games topped the public vote and will be featured in The Art of Video Games in 2012. A PDF with more information is available here. In addition to the 80 games below, five playable games will be included in the exhibition: Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft.

1943: The Battle of Midway

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

After Burner

Attack of the Mutant Camels

Bioshock

Boom Blox

Brütal Legend

ChuChu Rocket!

Combat®

Desert Commander

Diablo II

Donkey Kong™

DOOM II

Dune II: Battle for Arrakis

Earthworm Jim

Einhander

Fable

Fallout

Fallout 3

Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy VII

flOw

Flower

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

Goldeneye 007

Gradius V

Gunstar Heroes

Halo 2

Heavy Rain

Jumpman

Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II

Marble Madness

MassEffect 2

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Metroid Prime 2: Echos

Minecraft

Okami

Pac-Man

Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei

Panzer Dragoon Orta

Panzer Dragoon Saga

Phantasy Star

Phantasy Star IV

Pikmin 2

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

Pitfall!

Portal

Rez

Shadow of Colossus

Shenmue

Sid Meier’s Pirates!

SimCity

SimCity 2000

Sonic Adventure

Space Invaders

Spy vs Spy

Star Fox™

Star Fox™: Assault

Star Strike

Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator

StarCraft

Super Mario 64

Super Mario Brothers 3

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario World

The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Tomb Raider

TRON: Maze-Atron

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Utopia

Worms Armageddon

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure

Zaxxon

I am very happy to see many of my favorite all-time games on the list including Super Mario Brothers 3, Star Fox, and Final Fantasy VII. Also, the curators’ decision to include playable games is absolutely important for uninitiated game players to see and experience the art of video games. The Art of Video Games exhibit will run from March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012 in the 3rd floor North, American Art Museum in Washington, DC. I can’t wait to be there next year!

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

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