Choose which games are shown as art at the Smithsonian
posted on 02.23.11 at 12:25 AM EST by (@salromano)

Games-as-art defenders, rejoice! Next year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will hold a six-month long exhibit titled “The Art of Video Games.”

The exhibit, which will begin on March 16, 2012 and end on September 30, explores over forty years of evolution in gaming; it’ll go from as far back as the Mattel Intellivision to current generation platforms. The exhibition will feature early developers such as David Crane (Pitfall) and Warren Robinett (Adventure) to contemporary designers like Kellee Santiago (flOwer) and David Jaffe (Twisted Metal).

Here’s where it gets good. There are proposed 240 games with the possibility of appearing at the exhibit. Only 80 will be included, though. To help narrow it down, you must vote. The Smithsonian’s set up a website dividing the game’s by era, console, and genre where you can place your ballots. Visit it here.

The exhibit’s next year in Washington, DC. Get voting!

The Art of Videogames [Smithsonian] [Image]

  • whiteferrero

    this is epic! i’m gonna vote now.

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    Casting all of my votes now. I can’t list them all here of course, but I’m voting for all my faves from each “era”, things like Donkey Kong Country, OOT, Star Fox, Final Fantasy, Dues Ex….obiously Final Fantasty VII!

    For current systems, I voted Mass Effect 2, Bioshock ect on 360, and beleive it not, FFXIII, Uncharted 2 and Flower on PS3!

    This is a brilliant idea from the Smithosian gallery. I love the see the Industry be recognised and displayed for the wonderful art it gives us every day. As many people as possible should vote in this!

  • AiQi

    Im so gonna vote for Final Fantasy and Bioshock =)

  • Adurna012

    Vote for tales of symphonia on the GC!

    • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

      Amazing game. I voted for it as soon as I saw it last night! =P

      • Adurna012

        its my favorite in the series =)

    • AdamBoy64

      I voted for it. It was up against some brilliant games though – PM:TYD and Wind Waker.. I don’t think it’ll beat those two, but I still voted for ToS.

  • AdamBoy64

    The hardest decision for me is between the two NES games – Mega Man 2 and Super Mario Bros 3. Both two of my favourites of all time.. I still haven’t been able to pick between them yet.