NY's Museum of Modern Art Adds Video Game Collection with Katamari, Pac-Man

posted on 2012-12-01 01:15 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Initial lineup of 14 games to premiere in March; eventually to expand to 40 games

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced that it will set up a video game collection starting next March in the museum's Philip Johnson Galleries. The museum has acquired an initial lineup of 14 games for the collection, and it plans to extend the list to about 40 games. The initial lineup includes:

  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Tetris (1984)
  • Another World (1991)
  • Myst (1993)
  • SimCity 2000 (1994)
  • vib-ribbon (1999)
  • The Sims (2000)
  • Katamari Damacy (2004)
  • EVE Online (2003)
  • Dwarf Fortress (2006)
  • Portal (2007)
  • flOw (2006)
  • Passage (2008)
  • Canabalt (2009)

The museum hopes to complete its collection over the next five years, and its wishlist for future games to add include Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Street Fighter II, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario 64, and Animal Crossing, among others.

The museum's goal is to "study, preserve, and exhibit video games as part of its Architecture and Design collection." The museum's curators spent a year and a half selecting games for the collection, consulting scholars, digital conservation and legal experts, historians, and critics. Earlier this year, the museum already featured Katamari Damacy in a "Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000" exhibit with Astro Boy.

Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian American Art Museum previously hosted "The Art of Video Games" exhibition from March 16 to September 30.

Source: New York Times

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