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The Smithsonian's "The Art of Video Games" Final List Of Games Has Been Revealed

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Posted May 5, 2011 - By Nikole Zivalich

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum has decided to honor the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium. Yes, the Smithsonian considers video games to be art. The exhibit will be called The Art of Video Games and will be on display from March 16, 2012 until September 30, 2012. The museum sought gamers' opinions; anyone could vote to narrow down the pool of 240 games. Today they announced the 80 games that made the cut. Some of the titles that will be honored are games that you're still playing like Mass Effect 2, Minecraft and Fallout 3. Keep reading to see all the games that will be on display.

  1. Pac-Man
  2. Pitfall!
  3. Space Invaders
  4. Combat
  5. Donkey Kong
  6. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
  7. Zaxxon
  8. Star Trek: Strategic Operation Simulator
  9. TRON: Maze-Atron
  10. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
  11. Star Strike
  12. Utopia
  13. Jumpman
  14. The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate
  15. Attack of the Mutant Camels
  16. Sid Meier's Pirates!
  17. Super Mario Brothers 3
  18. The Legend of Zelda
  19. 1943: The Battle of Midway
  20. Desert Commander
  21. Marble Madness
  22. Phantasy Star
  23. After Burner
  24. Spy vs Spy
  25. Earthworm Jim
  26. Phantasy Star IV
  27. Gunstar Heroes
  28. Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
  29. Super Mario World
  30. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
  31. Star Fox
  32. SimCity
  33. DOOM II
  34. Fallout
  35. Diablo II
  36. StarCraft
  37. Super Mario 64
  38. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  39. Goldeneye 007
  40. Worms Armageddon
  41. Sonic Adventure
  42. Shenmue, 2000
  43. Rez
  44. ChuChu Rocket!
  45. Tomb Raider
  46. Panzer Dragoon Saga
  47. Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
  48. SimCity 2000
  49. Metal Gear Solid
  50. Final Fantasy VII
  51. Einhander
  52. Final Fantasy Tactics
  53. Halo 2
  54. Fable
  55. Panzer Dragoon Orta
  56. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  57. Bioshock
  58. Mass Effect 2
  59. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  60. Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II
  61. Portal
  62. Fallout 3
  63. flOw
  64. Minecraft
  65. Metroid Prime 2: Echos
  66. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  67. Star Fox: Assault
  68. Pikmin 2
  69. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  70. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  71. Boom Blox
  72. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
  73. Shadow of the Colossus
  74. Okami
  75. Gradius V
  76. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  77. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  78. Heavy Rain
  79. Flower
  80. Brütal Legend

On top of this mega-list of games that were voted on by the public, there will also be five games available to play. These games were chosen by the museum, not voters. Visitors of the exhibit will get a few minutes to play each of these titles:

  1. Pac-Man
  2. Super Mario Brothers
  3. The Secret of Monkey Island
  4. Myst
  5. World of Warcraft

Were there any games that you thought should have made the final list? Do any of the final games surprise you?

Source: The Art Of Video Games

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