Smithsonian picks games for Art of Video Games exhibit

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the winners, chosen by popular vote, of their “Art of Video Games” exhibit. More than 3.7 million votes from 175 countries were cast in the open-to-the-public-poll to select the majority of the titles, and the results are a surprisingly balanced representation of the history of gaming from classics like Super Mario, Zelda and Panzer Dragoon Orta to more modern works, like the graphically stunning Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the emotionally captivating Shadow of the Colossus.

“The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies,” said the museum’s site. “Video games use images, actions, and player participation to tell stories and engage their audiences. In the same way as film, animation, and performance, they can be considered a compelling and influential form of narrative art.”

In addition to the 80 games listed below, the “The Art of Video Games” exhibit, running from March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012, will feature five playable games: Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft.

  • 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
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Metroid Prime 2: Echos
  • Minecraft
  • Myst
  • 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 Marios Brothers
  • 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
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Tomb Raider
  • TRON: Maze-Atron
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Utopia
  • World of Warcraft
  • Worms Armageddon
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
  • Zaxxon
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