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Check Out The Games To Be Featured At “The Art of Video Games” Exhibit

May 9, 2011Written by Paulmichael Contreras

Believe it or not, the video game industry is one of the youngest in the entertainment sector, beginning in 1972 with the release of the Magnavox Odyssey. While critics such as Roger Ebert continue to question the artistic merits of our beloved industry, it appears one major museum has accepted our medium as an artistic outlet, and has released the games it has chosen to showcase the talents of the industry.

The well-respected Smithsonian American Art Museum has revealed the results of a recent online vote that the institution held, which determined the games that will be showcased at the exhibit that will run from March 16th to September 30th, 2012 at the American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Many classic titles as well as modern blockbusters will be shown, alongside playable stations featuring Pac-ManSuper Mario BrothersThe Secret of Monkey IslandMyst, and World of Warcraft. The entire final list is as follows:

1943: The Battle of Midway

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

After Burner

Attack of the Mutant Camels


Boom Blox

Brütal Legend

ChuChu Rocket!


Desert Commander

Diablo II

Donkey Kong™


Dune II: Battle for Arrakis

Earthworm Jim




Fallout 3

Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy VII



Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

Goldeneye 007

Gradius V

Gunstar Heroes

Halo 2

Heavy Rain


Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II

Marble Madness

MassEffect 2

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Metroid Prime 2: Echos




Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei

Panzer Dragoon Orta

Panzer Dragoon Saga

Phantasy Star

Phantasy Star IV

Pikmin 2

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns




Shadow of Colossus


Sid Meier’s Pirates!


SimCity 2000

Sonic Adventure

Space Invaders

Spy vs Spy

Star Fox™

Star Fox™: Assault

Star Strike

Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator


Super Mario 64

Super Mario Brothers 3

Super Mario Galaxy 2

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

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Tomb Raider

TRON: Maze-Atron

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves


Worms Armageddon

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure


So, are your favorites here? What games do you think could be added onto the list? One thing’s for sure – we sure have come a long way since the simple days of Pong.