Last February the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC launched a vote, asking which games should be included in an exhibition entitled ‘The Art of Video Games.’ Those results are now in.
It wasn’t a completely open vote, as the original 240 games in each category had been preselected. This means you may not agree with some of the choices and, yes, certain key games have been unfortunately overlooked. However, it’s great to see the Smithsonian recognising the medium.
The full list of the eighty games that will appear in the exhibition can be read in this PDF.
In addition, five games (Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst and World of Warcraft) will be playable at the event.
‘The Art of Video Games’ will begin next year and run from 16 March 2012 to 30 September 2012. Further details can be found on the Smithsonian website.
Those winning games are:
1943: The Battle of Midway
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
Attack of the Mutant Camels
Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy VII
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II
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 IV
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
Shadow of Colossus
Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Spy vs Spy
Star Fox™: Assault
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
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure