Smithsonian American Art Museum: The Art of Video Games

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You may remember that a few months ago the smithsonian was holding a poll for popular video games throughout the ages to represent at its history museum between March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012 on the 3rd floor north. Well the results are in, and it’s mostly what you would expect, mario and zelda a plenty, though i was a little suprised which zelda made it in the 8-bit era, zelda 2 was clearly better than it’s original, but then i guess “the legend of zelda” was a pioneer of the genre, and so deservesit on that merit, so kudos for that. The winners results are available on a pdf, which in internet politnes we can’t link to directly, however we will point you towards the page http://eyelevel.si.edu/2011/05/the-art-of-video-games-the-votes-are-in.html and from here look for a link with the word “announce” part way through the first paragraph.

The poll was in 4 categories and across various eras/generations of consoles, starting from the old colecovision and intellivision machines, though these appear to be the latter systems as the ones i remember had variants of block tennis and no cartridges for sophisticated games as those in the winners picks.

The four categories are: Action, Adventure, Target and lastly Combat/Strategy.

A quick rundown of winning game are: Pac-man 1981, Pitfall 1982, Space Invaders 1980, Combat 1977, Donkey Kong 1982, Pitfall ii 1984, Zaxxon 1982, Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator 1984, TRON: Maze‐Atron 1982, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1982, Star Strike 1981, Utopia 1981, Jumpman 1983, The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate 1988, Attack of the Mutant Camels 1983, Sid Meier’s Pirates! 1987, Super Mario Bros 3 1988, The Legend of Zelda 1986, 1943: The Battle of Midway 1988, Desert Commander 1989, Marble Madness 1986, Phantasy Star 1987, After Burner 1988, Spy VS SPy 1984, Earthworm Jim 1994, Phantasy Star 4 1993, Gunstar Heroes 1993, Dune II: Battle for Arrakis 1994, Super Mario World 1991, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past 1991, Star Fox 1993, Sim City 1989, Doom ii 1994, Fallout 1997, Diablo ii 200, Starcraft 1998, Super Mario 64 1996, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998, Goldeneye 007 1997, Worms Armageddon 1999, Sonic Adventure 1998, Shenmue 2000, Rez 2001, Chu Chu Rocket 1999, Tomb Raider 1996, Panzer Dragoon Saga 1998, Panzer Dragoon Zwei 1996, Sim City 200 1993, Metal Gear Solid 1998, Final Fantasy vii 1997, Einhander 1998, Final Fantasy Tactics 1998, Halo 2 2004, Fable 2004, Panzer Dragoon Orta 2003, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 2002, Bioshock 2007, Mass Effect 2 2010, Geometry Wars Retro Eveolved 2 2008, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II 2008, Portal 2007, Fallout 3 2008, flOw 2006, Minecraft 2010, Metroid Prime 2 Echos 2004, The Legen of Zelda the Wind Waker 2003, Star Fox Assault 2005, Pikmin 2 2004, Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010, The Legen of Zelda twilight Princess 2006, Boom Blox 2008, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure 2007, Shadow of the Colossus 2005, Okami 2006, Gradius V 2004, Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty 2001 Uncharted 2 Among Thieves 2009, Heavy Rain 2010, Flower 2009, Brutal Legend 2009.

Ok, maybe that wasn’t so quick , the pdf also showa a couple of the runenr ups so go check it out anyway. Anyhoo, it looks pretty solid, woth the excpetion of Tomb Raider beating NiGHTS into Dreams on teh saturn, and their not being a racing category for sega rally and daytona to take prize winning position, but atleast panzer dragoon saga was im there, and the major zelda releases, goldeneye, marios, dnokey kong, pac-man, space invadoer, Minecraft woot. hehe. What are your favourites, maybe put something in the comments. Well that took longer than expected, now to get vlc working on the linux comp and watch some battle star.

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