Okay, in all fairness we should mention off the bat that this “Art of Video Games” exhibit won’t be happening at the Smithsonian until March of 2012, but that being said, gamers are pretty much conditioned for this kind of wait through years of expecting the latest system or latest release of their favorite game (Metal Gear Solid 4, anyone?!). There’s one key, amazing aspect to this project though….YOU, yes YOU, get to help select the video games that will be featured in the exhibit!
Until this Thursday, April 7th, you can vote online from a pool of 240 different games. As inspiration, we’ve included some images of our personal favorites from the list. Although you need to check out the voting site to truly appreciate what they’re planning, the Smithsonian had this to say about the exhibit:
“New technologies have allowed designers to create increasingly interactive and sophisticated game environments while staying grounded in traditional game types. The exhibition will feature eighty games through still images and video footage. Five games will be available for visitors to play for a few minutes, to gain some feel for the interactivityâ€”Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft. In addition, the galleries will include video interviews with developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, and historic game consoles. Visitors will be able to connect with the content of the show across generations, from those who remember the classics such as Pitfall! to those playing contemporary games like Flower.”