The Smithsonian Art of Video Games exhibit opening soon!

Awhile back Eleni from RPG Called Life posted about the upcoming Art of Video Games exhibit at the Smithsonian where they let the public vote on which games would be included (sadly, I forgot to vote!).

Anyways, just this week did they announce the winning chosen games.
The following games topped the public vote and will be featured in The Art of Video Games in 2012. 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
Boom Blox
BrĂ¼tal Legend
ChuChu Rocket!
Desert Commander
Diablo II
Donkey Kong™
Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
Earthworm Jim
Fallout 3
Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy VII
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Goldeneye 007
Gradius V
Gunstar Heroes
Halo 2
Heavy Rain
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
Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Phantasy Star
Phantasy Star IV
Pikmin 2
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
Shadow of Colossus
Sid Meier's Pirates!
SimCity 2000
Sonic Adventure
Space Invaders
Spy vs Spy
Star Fox™
Star Fox™: Assault
Star Strike
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
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
Worms Armageddon
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

I'm glad obvious ones like WoW, Tomb Raider, Mario Bros, Zelda and the like are included, however I am a bit surprised that revolutionary games/franchises like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero were left off! I mean DDR was one of the first to incorporate movement like dancing into the gaming genre (and look where are now with the Kinect, PS Move and Wii!) and Guitar Hero... well that one paved the way quite a bit too for Rock Band and all the other accessory dependent games. Also surprised that Little Big Planet isn't included either, as it won so many "game of the year awards" and was the first major PS3 release that EVERYONE seemed to love.

For the "Era1" I found it amusing that ET was nominated! That game was HORRIBLE! I remember playing it on Atari when I was like 4, getting so confused as the controls sucked and there really wasn't much of a plot as to what you were supposed to do! LOL... and you'll see that in "Era3" Michael Jackson's Moonwalker was nominated as well! That game was a bit amusing despite being terribad, lol...

Other fun ones I've personally played that are on the list include: Fable, Fallout, Final Fantasy VII, Goldeneye007, Pacman, and Starfox, despite recalling plenty others on the list.

What are your thoughts? Which ones have you played?

1 comment:

  1. DDR WAS the first dance type game =P followed the following year by Pump It Up. And guitar hero was actually a quasi-rip off of the japanese game guitar freaks. /endnerd

    I actually feel kind of insulted that ICO was left out but things like Halo 2, Brutal legend, and TWO SimCity games were in.

    Very happy to see Shadow Of Colossus in the list though, that game was beautiful.


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