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Smithsonian announces submissions to its Art of Video Games exhibit

Thursday, 5 May 2011 20:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the selections which will be shown during its Art of Video Games exhibit.

The submissions were voted for online, and unsurprisingly, winners include offerings from The Legend of Zelda series, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock, Uncharted, and Shadow of the Colossus.

Five games will also be playable at the exhibition which runs March 16 through September 30, 2012, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC.

The list of included games is below, courtesy of Shack, or you can look them over through a colorful PDF link.

Era 1: Start!

Atari VCS

  • Pac-Man
  • Pitfall
  • Space Invaders
  • Combat

Colecovision

  • Donkey Kong
  • Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
  • Zaxxon
  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Tron: Maze-Atron
  • Advanced Dungons and Dragons
  • Star Strike
  • Utopia

Era 2: 8-Bit

    Commodore 64

    • Jumpman
    • The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate
    • Attack of the Mutant Camels
    • Sid Meier’s Pirates!

    Nintendo Entertainment System

    • Super Mario Brothers
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • 1943: The Battle of Midway
    • Desert Commander

    Sega Master System

    • Marble Madness
    • Phantasy Star
    • After Burner
    • Spy vs Spy

    Era 3: Bitwars!

    Sega Genesis

    • Earthworm Jim
    • Phantasy Star IV
    • Gunstar Heroes
    • Dune II: Battle for Arrakis

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System

    • Super Mario World
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    • Star Fox
    • SimCity

    Era 4: Transition

    DOS/Windows

    • Doom II
    • Fallout
    • Diablo II
    • StarCraft

    Nintendo 64

    • Super Mario 64
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    • Goldeneye 007
    • Worms Armageddon

    Sega Dreamcast

    • Sonic Adventure
    • Shenmue
    • Rez
    • Chu Chu Rocket!

    Sega Saturn

    • Tomb Raider
    • Panzer Dragoon Saga
    • Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
    • Sim City 2000

    Sony PlayStation

    • Metal Gear Solid
    • Final Fantasy VII
    • Einhander
    • Final Fantasy Tactics

    Era 5: Next Generation

    Microsoft Xbox

    • Halo 2
    • Fable 2
    • Panzer Dragoon Orta
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

    Microsoft Xbox 360

    • BioShock
    • Mass Effect 2
    • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
    • Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II

    Modern Windows

    • Portal
    • Fallout 3
    • flOw
    • Minecraft

    Nintendo GameCube

    • Metroid Prime 2: Echos
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    • Star Fox: Assault
    • Pikmin 2

    Nintendo Wii

    • Super Mario Galaxy 2
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    • Boom Blox
    • Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure

    Sony PlayStation 2

    • Shadow of the Colossus
    • Okami
    • Gradius V
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    Sony PlayStation 3

    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
    • Heavy Rain
    • Flower
    • Brutal Legend

    Additional Games (available for short play in exhibit, not included in vote)

    • Pac-Man (Arcade)
    • Super Mario Brothers
    • The Secret of Monkey Island
    • Myst
    • World of Warcraft

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    3 Comments

    1. TheWulf

      Not a bad showing, there. Though there are a few WTF elements – such as why Shenmue is there vs Ecco. Shenmue was a good game, but it’s about as artistic as a bloke mowing his lawn.

      #1 4 years ago
    2. Schabrak

      As good as the Mario games are, there are plentiful of other games that they could have chosen instead of using/wasting 1/4 of every Nintendo system on the franchise. Oh well Sunshine isn’t on the list, what irony that it is the game that let’s the player put color into the game.

      Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II on 360… this got to be a joke. I loved it, but in no way connecting it to video games as art, excluding the great adaption of a strategy game for consoles.

      Fable 2 for X-Box? Let’s hope that’s just a little error of the editor.

      Three of Four PSX games are from Square Enix… Einhänder undoubtful great and FFVII for the fanboys instead of IX-_-.

      @TheWolf: Shemue was a beautiful designed game for it’s time, how can you deny it? Even if I was plotwise a bit better, there were elements in II more artistic.
      Won’t you reply in the ““Anonymous” file found on server, Sony tells Congress” news anymore?

      #2 4 years ago
    3. alterecho

      No God of War?

      Or Gears of War?

      #3 4 years ago

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      The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

    • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

      Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

    • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

      Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

    • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

      The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

    • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

      The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

    • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

      A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

    • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

      A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

    • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

      DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

      The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

    • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

      Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

    • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

      Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

    • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

      Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

    • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

      Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

    • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

      Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

    • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

      Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

    • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

      Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

    • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

      Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

    • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

      Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

    • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

      Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

    • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

      One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

    • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

      Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]