For those of us who indulge in video games, we have a healthy respect for them as not just entertainment, but as art. Graphics can be stunning, stories can be intriguing, musical scores can be compelling, technology can be innovative.
Apparently, the big wigs at the Smithsonian Museum agree. A planned exhibit for 2012 will feature the Art of Video Games. The public was invited to vote on a website, www.artofvideogames.org, for the best games in multiple categories. The categories spanned chronologically.
- Era 1 – Start! The days of Atari VCS, Colecovision, and Mattel Intellivision
- Era 2 – 8bit. Commodore 64, NES, Sega Master System
- Era 3 – Bit Wars. Sega Genesis, SNES
- Era 4 – Transition. DOS/Windows, N64, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, Sony Playstation
- Era 5 – Next Generation. Sony XBox, Sony XBox 360, Modern Windows, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 2, Sony Playstation 3
Attack of the Mutant Camels, Featured as the Target (shooter style) game for the Commodore 64. I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds pretty amazing. I definitely want to shoot mutant camels right now. They are a serious threat to society.
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, Runner Up as the Adventure game for the Sega Genesis. If you haven’t seen this game, youtube it immediately
. Michael Jackson dances his way through a house, pelvic thrusting at baddies and saving children locked in closets. How Earthworm Jim won for this category, I shall never know.
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Featured as the Target game for the XBox360. Given the multitude of target type games for the 360, I’m surprised by this choice. I would’ve expected Gears of War, Call of Duty, Left for Dead, etc. But I wonder if the criteria was that the game had to be single platform in order to count, and seeing that Geometry Wars was an XBox Arcade game, thus XBox only, that would count. It is a highly rated game, none-the-less, I just question if it is the best representative for the category. Though, I am hardly the authority for shooters. Give me an RPG any day.
The exhibit will be open March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012. If you go, you will also get a chance to play a few games: PacMan, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island
(SQUEEE!!!), Myst and World of Warcraft. I will be there with bells on!