Regardless of what Roger Ebert thinks, video games are art. And now there’s proof.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is putting together an exhibition for 2012 called “The Art of Video Games.” And they wouldn’t display something that wasn’t art, right? I mean, it’s the Smithsonian, for crying out loud. They even have their own snooty cable TV network. If the Smithsonian says video games are art, then that’s good enough for me.
Speaking of this 2012 exhibit, the world-famous museum is looking for your help in deciding the 80 video games that will be put on display. All you have to do is go to the exhibit’s special website, create a login account, and then you can vote for the games you think are most deserving. 240 games have been nominated, in five time periods from the beginning of video gaming all the way up to today. You’ll see classics like the original, 1981 Pac-Man, the first Donkey Kong from 1982, the first Final Fantasy, and the first Legend of Zelda. From the modern era, you can vote for titles including The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Mass Effect 2, BioShock, Epic Mickey, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Heavy Rain, Little Big Planet 2, Portal, Limbo, Flow, and even Minecraft.
You have until April 17th to vote, and the winners will be announced on May 5th. The eventual art exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum will be the first of its kind to “explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium.”