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The Smithsonian Unveils Winning Titles to be Featured in “The Art of Video Games” Exhibit

The Smithsonian Unveils Winning Titles to be Featured in “The Art of Video Games” Exhibit (photo)

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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…

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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