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    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
    Bioshock
    Boom Blox
    Brütal Legend
    ChuChu Rocket!
    Combat®
    Desert Commander
    Diablo II
    Donkey Kong™
    DOOM II
    Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
    Earthworm Jim
    Einhander
    Fable
    Fallout
    Fallout 3
    Final Fantasy Tactics
    Final Fantasy VII
    flOw
    Flower
    Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
    Goldeneye 007
    Gradius V
    Gunstar Heroes
    Halo 2
    Heavy Rain
    Jumpman
    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
    Minecraft
    Okami
    Pac-Man
    Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
    Panzer Dragoon Orta
    Panzer Dragoon Saga
    Phantasy Star
    Phantasy Star IV
    Pikmin 2
    Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
    Pitfall!
    Portal
    Rez
    Shadow of Colossus
    Shenmue
    Sid Meier’s Pirates!
    SimCity
    SimCity 2000
    Sonic Adventure
    Space Invaders
    Spy vs Spy
    Star Fox™
    Star Fox™: Assault
    Star Strike
    Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
    StarCraft
    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
    Utopia
    Worms Armageddon
    Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
    Zaxxon
     

    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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