The Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C. has recently given word that they will be opening “The Art of Video Games” exhibition come March 16, 2012. The core theme of the display will consist of “the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies.” Now I’m sure some of you are proclaiming, “It’s about time” while others are complaining, “Video games aren’t art.” Both sides have their points but you cannot deny that video games deserve a place in history somewhere.
What better way for that history to be made than for you to be a part of it? According to Elizabeth Broun, Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “Playing video games involves many personal choices, so, in keeping with the spirit of the exhibition’s content, we want to involve the public in helping us select games for the exhibition.” You heard her right folks; we will have the ability to choose what games make its way into the exhibition. We’ll have around 80 game choices from a selection of 240 games in different categories, “divided by era, game type and platform.” The winners will be presented in the exhibit as “screen shots and short video clips.”
Once you accept the inevitable, head on over to artofvideogames.org to cast your vote up until April 7th. Keep in mind though; a valid e-mail is a requirement to vote. So for all you spammers thinking you can rig the outcome…THINK AGAIN! What have I voted for you ask? Well I only took the time to, currently, vote for the next-gen PS2/PS3 games. Flower, Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2, Kingdom Hearts 2 and God of War FTW!