Are videogames art?
The question has been asked over and over again over the years without a definitive answer. However, in the present day, we appear to be leaning towards a solid “yes” thanks to the introduction of videogames into the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Last Thursday, the museum announced that it would be adding a collection of 14 videogames to its galleries in March 2013. The titles on display span from 1980s classics like Pac-Man and Tetris to PC hits such as The Sims and Portal. The most modern game going on display is the 2009 indy runner Canabalt, a game with an art style that will fit right in at MoMA.
“The games are selected as outstanding examples of interaction design,” said senior curator Paola Antonelli, “a field that MoMA has already explored and collected extensively, and one of the most important and oft-discussed expressions of contemporary design creativity.”
MoMA doesn’t just plan on stopping at 14 games, though. Over the next few years, it plans on expanding its collection to 40 games with the addition of more classic games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 64. Check out the full list of games that MoMA hopes to bring in here.