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
After Burner
Attack of the Mutant Camels
Boom Blox
Brütal 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

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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