For a little more than two months, Smithsonian gave the world a chance to vote on the video games that would be placed in its special exhibition, The Art of Video Games. The exhibition is estimated to be visited by 252,000 people between March 16 and September 30, 2012.
From a list of 240 games that span from the late 1970′s to today, across all platforms, voting pared that number down to 80. Released in conjunction with a private streaming event Thursday, the final list breaks them down by “era”, platform and genre. Barring a rekindling of the exhausted “video games as art” argument, the list seems to focus more on consoles than it does on PC or arcade. Care to see the list?
You can find the complete list here. For a digestable version, Gamer Limit offers you the following selection.
Era 1: Start!
Pac-Man, Atari VCS, Action
Pitfall!, Atari VCS, Adventure
Donkey Kong, ColecoVision, Action
Zaxxon, ColecoVision, Target?
Era 2: 8-Bit
The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate, Commodore 64, Adventure
1943: The Battle of Midway, NES, Target
Phantasy Star, Sega Master System, Adventure
After Burner, Sega Master System, Target
Era 3: Bitwars!
Earthworm Jim, Sega Genesis, Action
Gunstar Heroes, Sega Genesis, Target
The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, SNES, Action
Star Fox, SNES, Target
Era 4: Transition
Diablo II, DOS/Windows, Target
Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, Action
Shenmue, Sega Dreamcast, Adventure
SimCity 2000, Sega Saturn, Combat/Strategy
Metal Gear Solid, Sony Playstation, Action
Era 5: Next Generation
Bioshock, Xbox 360, Action
Portal, Modern Windows, Action
Boom Blox, Nintendo Wii, Target
Heavy Rain, Playstation 3, Adventure
It bears noting that in addition to these games, there will be several available to play. This only seems natural for an exhibition about interactive entertainment: Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft.