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Video Games Are Now Officially Art, Kind Of


New York’s Museum of Modern Art has a new exhibition that is scheduled to be installed in March of 2013: Classic and modern video games to be shown in MoMA’s Philip Johnson Galleries. That’s right, kids, video games are art. Suck on that, Roger Ebert!

Thus far, the museum’s bought about fourteen games to add to its permanent collection. Here’s a piece of MoMA’s blog on the whole exhibit:

Are video games art? They sure are, but they are also design, and a design approach is what we chose for this new foray into this universe. The games are selected as outstanding examples of interaction design—a field that MoMA has already explored and collected extensively, and one of the most important and oft-discussed expressions of contemporary design creativity.

So here are a few of the games that will be installed in the exhibit:

Pac Man

Okay, yeah, Pac Man, standard operating procedure.




Tetris, naturally. No surprises here. Moving right along.



Portal’s an interesting choice, though the first time you jump through a portal and drop sideways from a ceiling, you’re immediately going “holy shit this is art.” I get it.

And then there’s another modern addition that I find interesting. They’re bringing in an MMO:

EVE Online


As an occasional EVE Online player, this makes a lot of sense. The game is absolutely gorgeous, and a perfect piece of art that continuously illustrates how people will split off into their own factions and get into their own diplomatic scraps.

If you want to take a look at the complicated self-created universe of EVE Online, I would check out EVE Radio. Every so often, you’ll get commentators that dive into the intricacies of EVE. It’s fascinating.

And, because there’s actually money involved in this game, we sometimes hear about these gems. And the choice is far more interesting than World of Warcraft, anyway.

Question: What games would you like to see in the exhibit?