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Do Video Games Belong in a Museum?

Gaming 2012/03/13 17:43:11
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When we asked SodaHeads whether video games could be considered works of art, respondents overwhelmingly agreed that they could. But this week the Smithsonian American Art Museum is taking that idea to a whole new level, with a new exhibit called The Art of Video Games. Gamers and artists have already voted on the 80 games that will be included in the exhibit, which opens on Friday.

According to Kotaku, the first three days of the exhibit will feature panels with developers of some of the artsiest games on the market, such as "System Shock" and "Bioshock," "Journey" and "Flower," and the "Metal Gear Solid" series. When the exhibit ends in September, it will embark on a national tour planned to last through 2015. But we still wonder: do video games belong in a museum?

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  • Leon 2014/03/11 02:39:23
    Yes
    Leon
    they certainly should!!
  • That1Guy 2012/10/04 21:40:33
    Yes
    That1Guy
    +1
    They've had an underrated impact on society and history, I think that they should be acknowledged finally.
  • Smashed 2012/07/25 14:05:26
    Yes
    Smashed
    I think they should include wax figures of video game characters into wax museums. I also think it would be cool to have the "first" replica swords, or any other objects, from video games put in museums. And have a little plaque describing who made it, when, why, and the history+game behind the item.
  • VintageLys 2012/05/23 01:18:52
    Yes
    VintageLys
    i'd go
  • Raging Tea 2012/04/20 20:51:00
    Yes
    Raging Tea
    +1
    They are a piece of historic art so yes they do.
  • Vortex Lord 2012/03/29 00:52:49
    Yes
    Vortex Lord
    Abandonia!
    Oh and modern gaming sucks! There is no substance anymore! It`s all about graphics, being linear and boring interactive movie!
  • Leon Vortex ... 2014/03/11 02:42:46
    Leon
    I agree and disagree. there IS a bit too much emphasis put on graphics but there are still modern classics being crafted everyday!
  • emolydiaa 2012/03/29 00:47:38
    Yes
    emolydiaa
    +1
    anything done creatively is art in my opinion :3
  • Justice Anderson 2012/03/28 05:51:45
    Yes
    Justice Anderson

    I'ma just leave this here.
  • Shourya B. Justice... 2012/03/28 18:17:20
    Shourya B.
    Is this from Shadow of Colloses?
  • Justice... Shourya B. 2012/03/29 03:47:18
  • ATM 2012/03/28 00:02:38
    Yes
    ATM
    Humans created it, so why not. It's digital art...
  • Kamorth 2012/03/27 20:11:56
    Yes
    Kamorth
    The aristry and talent and time tha go into designing video games definitely deserves some recognition, and if things like this get into museums, why not this?
  • Vhio Exzchell Screamochild 2012/03/23 04:42:25
    Yes
    Vhio Exzchell Screamochild
    journey ??? i hate this game...

    i like RPG game
  • fried.sushi.007 2012/03/21 03:40:53
    Yes
    fried.sushi.007
    Video Games are a part of history and a form of art.
  • Tyler 2012/03/20 19:29:05
    Yes
    Tyler
    +1
    Skyrim would be the newewst game if that happened
  • Jay Earheart 2012/03/20 18:30:05
    Yes
    Jay Earheart
    +1
    HALOOOOO
  • Miranda 2012/03/19 21:12:26
    Yes
    Miranda
    +1
    Its part of our history. It should be displayed.
  • Double L 2012/03/19 15:22:41
    Yes
    Double L
    My only regret is that I may never see this exhibit myself.
  • mgk-:{ 2012/03/19 14:16:11
    No
    mgk-:{
    no this sould taggings
  • Jaedreth 2012/03/19 12:39:57
    Yes
    Jaedreth
    I don't really care.
  • SilveryRow 2012/03/19 12:19:02
    Yes
    SilveryRow
    Although, when I read 'museum' I think artifacts from history, not an art exhibition - luckily I read the actual text and didn't knee-jerk vote ;)
  • NoHandlebarsAttached 2012/03/19 01:26:53
    Yes
    NoHandlebarsAttached
    Entertainment in general should be in museums.
  • lurch 2012/03/18 16:18:31
    No
    lurch
    +1
    No more than Twitter's tweets belong in the National Archives.
  • Zacky D 2012/03/18 14:56:54
    Yes
    Zacky D
    A museum that would actually entice kids to go and learn? Why not is the real question...
  • Dave 007 2012/03/18 11:54:28
    Yes
    Dave 007
    Why not, they are part of American. And speaking of America, those who don't speak english, have no trouble with the english in video games.
  • Angela Chambers 2012/03/18 05:40:26 (edited)
    No
    Angela Chambers
    They belong on MY TV.

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  • dekecds 2012/03/17 01:06:49
    Yes
    dekecds
    +1
    Yes and no. Yes, because they are, just like Coca cola, Hot Rods, Beanie babies, Bottle caps, etc... part of American culture. If there are museums out there (and there are) for things as simple as glass bottles and marbles, then Video games do have a place in a museum. On the other hand, I don't think they belong in traditional art museums. Those have always been dedicated to art that is generally made with rudimentary tools by hand. I do understand that the game art was at some point created from concept art and also takes a degree of skill to create digitally, but that is the point. I have been to numerous art museums that have a variable display of mediums, but they usually limit the exhibit to short time periods, while the mainstay rotating collection is still limited to 2D brush and paint rendering or sculpture (wood,stone, plaster etc..). It would be the same as going to an American Hot Rod show and wasting my time looking at European family sedans. A well made Euro sedan (BMW M5) belongs in a different category, and thus warrants a different venue, even if it performs as well as the Hot Rods and looks just as beautiful.
  • Sofahead 2012/03/16 15:17:57
    Yes
    Sofahead
    Of course! If this was a hundred years ago there probably Picasso's, DaDa and Surrealist works or any of Avant Garde artists part of museums permanant collection.

    Dreams That Money Can Buy
    is a 1947 American experimental feature color film written, produced, and directed by surrealist artist and dada film-theorist Hans Richter.

    Collaborators included Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Darius Milhaud and Fernand Léger. The film won the Award for the Best Original Contribution to the Progress of Cinematography at the 1947 Venice Film Festival.

    Desire Max Ernst (Director/Writer)
    The Girl with the Prefabricated Heart Fernand Léger (Director/Writer)
    Ruth, Roses and Revolvers Man Ray (Director/Writer)
    Discs Marcel Duchamp (Writer)
    Ballet Alexander Calder (Director/Writer)
    Circus Alexander Calder (Writer)
    Narcissus Hans Richter (Director/Writer)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

  • Sofahead Sofahead 2012/03/16 15:33:08
    Sofahead
    Computer Animation from "The Mind's Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey"
    - Odyssey Productions 1990
    Primitive but impressive

    The Mind's Eye - Heart of the Machine
    The Part I especally like starts at 2.20 min mark



    The Mind's Eye - Technodance

  • Happy_Evil_Dude 2012/03/16 13:27:04
    Yes
    Happy_Evil_Dude
    +1
    Of course, but you should be able to play them!
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/03/16 05:45:01
  • ShinyUmbreon01 2012/03/16 05:17:51
    Yes
    ShinyUmbreon01
    WOOT.
  • MissNovemberTuesday 2012/03/15 23:04:58
    Yes
    MissNovemberTuesday
    The images, even in the earliest of games are iconic and as important as cartoons as a form of art. And with the way the animation in them has evolved, it is quite amazing now. Some games look like movies.
  • chas 2012/03/15 20:17:03
    Yes
    chas
    whatever floats your boat !
  • stephen 2012/03/15 16:27:39
    Yes
    stephen
    Oh hell to the yes. I remember playing Journey at the arcade then moving over to the Dig Dug, then joust, galaga, they need to be recognized as a start of an era, a major social trend that has created a following that has surpassed the amount of people who actually vote for the next president at election time.
  • Denice Wilson 2012/03/15 16:02:52
    Yes
    Denice Wilson
    Videogames are works of art! Most people do not see that in the gaming universe, but i say different!
  • Marine 2012/03/15 11:09:17
    Yes
    Marine
    +1
    In a museum on the history and evolution of hobbies I would say.
  • romie 2012/03/15 10:52:35
    Yes
    romie
    SNES,Sega Genesis,&Neo; Geo were real big things that made us into the 30something year olds that can Play Splinter Cell,Rainbow Death6,Or Metal Gear Solid cause Contra Leed the way!
  • abbiekat 2012/03/15 06:24:58
    Yes
    abbiekat
    Some of the graphics of video games are simply amazing.

    video game graphics https://lh5.googleusercontent... video game graphics video game graphics video game graphics video game graphics

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