Museum of Modern Art Adds 14 Video Games To Collection, Including Tetris, Eve Online, and Portal

Earlier this year I reported on Katamari rolling its way into MoMA, which was a huge stride for video gaming in and of itself. “But is it art?” Apparently so, as the Museum of Modern Art adds fourteen video games to its gallery, with plans for “40 to be acquired in the near future, as well as for a new category of artworks in MoMA’s collection that we hope will grow in the future.” The initial gallery, spanning thirty years of gaming includes:

Pac-Man (1980)
Tetris (1984)
Another World (1991)
Myst (1993)
SimCity 2000 (1994)
vib-ribbon (1999)
The Sims (2000)
Katamari Damacy (2004)
EVE Online (2003)
Dwarf Fortress (2006)
Portal (2007)
flOw (2006)
Passage (2008)
Canabalt (2009)

With plans to include The Legend of Zelda, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario 64, Minecraft, as well as many other titles, the gallery’s focus isn’t so much on the art as it is the steps these games took to innovate interactive design. The full selection process and their reasoning behind it all can be found on their announcement page.

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Paul LaCen

I'm a twenty-seven year old video game design student from Sunset Park, Brooklyn. If I'm not working or doing schoolwork, I can typically be found on Xbox Live under the name "Red Ring Ryko". I am thoroughly enamored with video games as a means of interactive expression, and am fully dedicated to bolstering the legitimacy of the medium and its culture.

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