The Smithsonian American Art Museum is asking people to pick the video games that will be included in its upcoming exhibition “The Art of Video Games,” which opens in Washington, D.C. March 16, 2012.
The exhibition is the first to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems, is the curator of the exhibition.
Voting will take place online through April 7. An email address is the only requirement to vote. The winning games will be displayed in the exhibition as screen shots and short video clips. The website will include an online forum where gaming enthusiasts can campaign for particular games and voice their opinions about the selections. The games on the voting site were selected for their graphic excellence, artistic intent and innovative game design. Results will be available online in May.
“I want this exhibition to include the collective voice of the video game world, which is notlimited to the developers, designers and artists but also the game players,” said Melissinos.
“It is important to me that when gamers visit the exhibition, they find the experiences that most matter to them.”