Smithsonian opens its “Art of Video Games” exhibit
After quite a bit of waiting, the Smithsonian has finally opened its video game exhibit at the American Art Museum. The exhibit will run all the way until September 30th. It features a selection of games across the several decades of the industry’s history across multiple platforms ranging from the Atari VCS to the Xbox 360. Its an interesting milestone in games getting a little more respect from the larger community and might go a little way in convincing people how serious the medium can be.
A list of the featured games is on their site, which includes classics from Myst to Uncharted 2, from Space Invaders to Halo 2 and from Donkey Kong to Mass Effect 2. Its an interesting cross-section of the industry from its inception. The games were actually selected over a year ago by online vote and I think the results aren’t entirely disappointing. A few of the more curious picks are Brutal Legend, Star Fox: Assault and Marble Madness, which I don’t find particularly groundbreaking, but I guess the people found them good enough to throw in.
Games that are actually playable at the exhibit are Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island,Myst, and Flower.