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    Default Pre-PS2 Discussion: Smithsonian Final Selections for 2012 Video Game Art Exhibit

    Full details of the exhibit, a list of the winners including screen-shots and runners-up by console (PDF), the announcement video, and a question session with the curator of this collection.

    Those with art chosen for exhibition (pre-PlayStation 2) are:

    1943: The Battle of Midway
    Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
    After Burner
    Attack of the Mutant Camels
    ChuChu Rocket!
    Combat®
    Desert Commander
    Diablo II
    Donkey Kong™
    DOOM II
    Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
    Earthworm Jim
    Einhander
    Fallout
    Final Fantasy Tactics
    Final Fantasy VII
    Goldeneye 007
    Gradius V
    Gunstar Heroes
    Jumpman
    Marble Madness
    Metal Gear Solid
    Pac-Man
    Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
    Panzer Dragoon Saga
    Phantasy Star
    Phantasy Star IV
    Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
    Pitfall!
    Rez
    Shenmue
    Sid Meier's Pirates!
    SimCity
    SimCity 2000
    Sonic Adventure
    Space Invaders
    Spy vs Spy
    Star Fox™
    Star Strike
    Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
    StarCraft
    Super Mario 64
    Super Mario Brothers 3
    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
    Tomb Raider
    TRON: Maze-Atron
    Utopia
    Worms Armageddon
    Zaxxon

    (For those who are interested, the "modern" winners are:
    Bioshock
    Boom Blox
    Brütal Legend
    Fable
    Fallout 3
    flOw
    Flower
    Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
    Halo 2
    Heavy Rain
    Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II
    MassEffect 2
    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
    Metroid Prime 2: Echos
    Minecraft
    Okami
    Panzer Dragoon Orta
    Pikmin 2
    Portal
    Shadow of Colossus
    Star Fox™: Assault
    Super Mario Galaxy 2
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
    Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure)

    In addition, five playable games will be on display for use by visitors to the museum. These are Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, (and the more modern World of Warcraft). The "The Art of Video Games" exhibit will be on display at the 3rd floor North of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012.

    Which of these classic games deserved to win, and which runners-up would you have chosen instead based on artistic merit? Personally, I find LUNAR and Grandia to be more artistic than Final Fantasy VII.

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    I found this to be an interesting quote from the curator of the exhibit, Chris Melissinos: "Early on in the planning for this exhibition, I had to cut the list down from 25 systems to just 20 by removing the Apple II, TurboGrafx-16, 3DO, Atari Jaguar, and the Amiga 500. The most painful omission, personally, was the TG-16. I absolutely loved this system when it was released, it introduced the CD-ROM to game consoles, and it had many beautiful games. However, when selecting 20 systems to represent 5 eras, we were unable to include it over more widely identifiable systems of the same period."

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    Einhander is on this list. I am pleased.

    edit: This is also one of the few times I am grateful to live within driving distance of Washington DC.
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    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell!, the first one?, its not that good.

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    interesting omission of 2D sonic the hedgehog

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    Are they displaying the artwork from the game packaging? Or in-game shots and cinemas? Either way only maybe 3/4 of those REALLY make sense to me.
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    Disappointed that Deus Ex wasn't voted in. No discussion of games as art is complete without it.
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    Everyone should remember this isn't about "games as art." The Smithsonian exhibit is about games with a strong visual aesthetic and innovative use of new technology. Those chosen for the exhibit are supposed to have a strong showing in both.

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    Does that mean they arent using the 2600 version of Pac-Man?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nz17 View Post
    Everyone should remember this isn't about "games as art." The Smithsonian exhibit is about games with a strong visual aesthetic and innovative use of new technology. Those chosen for the exhibit are supposed to have a strong showing in both.
    They left the choice of games up to a popular vote. This wasn't about visual aesthetics or anything - it was a popularity contest.

    Also, the curator of the exhibit, in his interview:

    "Basically, we plan to highlight games that reflect a specific period in time through social reflection, available technology, and artistic techniques, etc. The goal is to demonstrate to visitors that video games are more than what they seem to be at first glance. "
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    No Tass Times in Tonetown?? What gives, man?!?!

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    Well, I think it will be a good showing. Not sure what they can do that most of us can't do in our dank dark gaming rooms, but maybe that's the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calthaer View Post
    They left the choice of games up to a popular vote. This wasn't about visual aesthetics or anything - it was a popularity contest.
    That's half right: the final vote was given to the public, but the initial selection of nominees to choose from was selected by hand-chosen members of the professional game development community, video game musicians, gaming press, video game historians, and the staff of the Smithsonian.

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    When is this exhibit going up? Definitely have to get down to the Smithsonian now.

    Disappointed that NiGHTS into Dreams... wasn't voted for Saturn here, that's one of the games that I really thought was a work of art when it comes to games in general. Nice to see Panzer Dragoon Saga though.
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    The original Deus Ex for the PC is not on there ? Blasphemy! That game was artwork for its time, and its still a great game. It is probably the best of its sub-genre to this day imo.

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    YUSS
    I live very close to dc, and cant wait to see shenmue and earthworm jim art
    too bad skies of arcadia didnt win
    meoooooowers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    When is this exhibit going up? Definitely have to get down to the Smithsonian now.
    Time for reading glasses, Baloo? As per my original post:
    The "The Art of Video Games" exhibit will be on display at the 3rd floor North of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nz17 View Post
    Time for reading glasses, Baloo? As per my original post:
    Thanks,, how did I not notice that the first time? Haha.

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    Sonic Adventure? How'd they skip over S3&K that easily?

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