st3lt3k reminded us that the SmithsonianArt of Video Games winners have been announced. Some 240 nominee games were whittled down to 80 titles that will be used to demonstrate the evolution of electronic entertainment over the years. PC games from the early '90s were left off the ballot, so Wing Commander and sim fans in general were mostly shut out. If the image to right isn't fancy art, I don't know what is. The exhibit will be on display on the third floor of the the American Art Museum from March 16, 2012 to September 30, 2012. Check out the full list of feature games here.
The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. The exhibition will feature some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early developers such as David Crane and Warren Robinett to contemporary designers like Kellee Santiago and David Jaffe. It also will explore the many influences on game designers, and the pervasive presence video games have in the broader popular culture, with new relationships to video art, film and television, educational practices, and professional skill training.