The Museum of Modern Art Selects 40 Games to be Displayed in New York City

November 29, 2012 -

The Museum of Modern Art has selected 40 video games that will be displayed in New York soon. The games being put on display date as far back as 1962's Spacewar! and stretch forth all the way to 2011's Minecraft. The museum says that it chose the games it did based on visual quality, aesthetic experience, the elegance of the code, and the games' impact on the culture and industry. Fourteen titles have already been acquired and will be on display March 2013. They are Pac-Man, Tetris, Another World, Myst, SimCity 2000, vib-ribbon, The Sims, Katamari Damacy, EVE Online, Dwarf Fortress, Portal, flOw, Passage, and Canabalt.

The museum hopes to acquire a number of other games that it wants to put on display including Spacewar!, a handful of games for the Magnavox Odyssey console, Pong, Snake, Nokia phone, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Zork, Tempest, Donkey Kong, Yars’ Revenge, M.U.L.E., Core War, Marble Madness, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, NetHack, Street Fighter II, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario 64, Grim Fandango, Animal Crossing, and Minecraft.

You can learn more about the Museum of Modern Art's plans here.

Source: Gamasutra


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Re: The Museum of Modern Art Selects 40 Games to be ...

odd mix of games I must say, especially the list of games they'd like to put on there.  I'm surprised Dwarf Fortress/EVE Online are up there given the changing nature of the games.  Are these playable games/demos or just montage of screenshots/videos?  Also the complete lack of FPS titles seems odd, no Quake/Half-Life/Duke Nukem style that slingshotted 3D graphics to new heights. I guess these can be pretty 'gorey'  but for a museum i think it's still a great idea to not simply forget that these types of games existed.

 
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