After a few million clicks, server crashes and two months of voting, The Smithsonian American Art Museum revealed the 80 games that have made it into the upcoming “Art of Video Games exhibit. The cultural institution chose to open up the curation process to the public, letting them pick from a field of 240 titles. Reps from the museum say that they receive in excess of 3 million votes, not bad for a
Over the last few weeks, I talked about what I voted on during the web-based election period and was happy to see some of my picks make the final cut. But, that’s not to say that I can look at the final list without shaking my head. “Doom” over “Deus Ex”? “Metroid Prime” gets the nod over “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”? Bah.
The winning games will have artwork and associated design materials available to look at when the exhibit opens in March 2012. But no event surrounding video games would be complete without some actual interaction and the Smithsonian promises to have a Pac-Man arcade cabinet on hand to play, along with “Super Mario Brothers,” “The Secret of Monkey Island,” “Myst” and “World of Warcraft” all on hand for visitors to play. While the interactive part of the curation’s over, there’s still some anticipation over how the “Art of Video Games” will actually look once it’s all installed in Washington D.C. I, for one, hope that the exhibit gets to travel since video games are a medium with a truly global reach.
You can find the list of the winning games here. Don’t worry, “Limbo,” I still always love you…