The Art of Video Games Voting Opens

By Jonathan Barnes, 7 years ago
In a story that's sure to make Roger Ebert hot under the collar, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opened public voting this week for their "The Art of Video Games" exhibit.

Chris Melissinos, the exhibit's curator, wants feedback from every spectrum of gaming involvement. He doesn't want just developers, designers and publishers... he wants you, the gamers of the world, to be involved:

I want this exhibition to include the collective voice of the video game world, which is not limited to the developers, designers, and artists but also the game players...It is important to me that when gamers visit the exhibition, they find the experiences that most matter to them.
The voting, which runs from now through April 7th, 2011, allows gamers to give their input on which games they feel should be included in the exhibit. Scheduled to open on March 7th, 2012, the exhibit's goals are listed on their website:

The Art of Video Games exhibition will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers. We want you to help us select the eighty video games that will be represented in the exhibition. Remember, this is an art exhibition, so be sure to vote for games that you think are visually spectacular or boast innovative design!
To vote, you must sign up on the website (all they request is an e-mail address) and participate in the survey which chronicles five "eras" of gaming ranging from "Start!: 1970's - early 1980's" to "Next Generation: early 2000's - Today". Each era is broken down, not only by console, but also into four subcategory genres: "Action", "Adventure", "Target", and "Combat/Strategy".

Participants can vote for up to 80 games (one per era, per system, per genre) to be included in the exhibit, so you don't have to play favorites for our favorite system! As someone who remembers five different console cycles, this survey is a great (and, at times, difficult: Mega Man 2 vs. Super Mario Brothers 3 vs. Metroid!) trip down memory lane.

As far as the 360 representation goes, here are your options (skip to Era 5, if you want to do it first):

Action Genre

Adventure Genre

Mass Effect 2

Target Genre

Combat/Strategy Genre

It is also worth noting that many 360 games are also multi-platform and can be found under other systems (most notably the "Modern Windows" and "Sony Playstation 3" platforms).

Once again, voting is open until April 7th, 2011 and can be done via the external link.
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.