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But Is It Art?

Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE]Registered User regular
edited March 2011 in Singularity Engine++
The Smithsonian American Art Museum thinks so.

Video games use images, actions, and player participation to tell stories and engage their audiences. In the same way as film, animation, and performance, they can be considered a compelling and influential form of narrative art.

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. Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems, is the curator of the exhibition.

This exhibition will run from March to September in 2012 and will showcase the best of what video games have offered the art scene since their very inception several decades ago.
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What Games Will Be Showcased?

That's up to you! The Museum has asked for gamers' help in choosing which games should be chosen to represent the medium.
From February 14 through April 7, 2011, the public is invited to help select games to be included in the exhibition. You can vote online for eighty games from a pool of 240 proposed choices in various categories, divided by era, game type, and platform. The games on the ballot were selected by exhibition curator Chris Melissinos, who worked with the museum and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists.
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  • StaleghotiStaleghoti Registered User
    edited February 2011
    WHAT

    AWWW GOD DAMMIT

    This is what I get for posting my amazing ideas

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Cool

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Mortal Kombat.

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    sorry videogames aren't art

    they're escapism for neckbeard manchildren

    like cinema

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    sorry videogames aren't art

    they're escapism for neckbeard manchildren

    like cinema

    But Rolo we have to ask ourselves

    Really

    What is art?

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  • DichotomyDichotomy Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    obligatory "us gamers" post

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Five whole minutes?

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  • StaleghotiStaleghoti Registered User
    edited February 2011
    HERE'S SOME FUCKIN ART FOR YA

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    art is any expression of creativity shut up shut up I'll kill you

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  • FishmanFishman I find your inability to differentiate between 'corruption' and 'feminism' disturbing Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Is the site back up then? I went a couple days ago and it had crashed under the strain.

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  • Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Fishman wrote: »
    Is the site back up then? I went a couple days ago and it had crashed under the strain.

    I think so, I did it yesterday evening with no problems.

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    What spring does with the cherry trees.
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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood Falling Up the Stairs. A Doll's House.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    i voted for rez and okami

    fuck everything else

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  • StaleghotiStaleghoti Registered User
    edited February 2011
    if Flower doesn't get into this I will not be pleased

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  • JavenJaven Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Solar wrote: »
    Rolo wrote: »
    sorry videogames aren't art

    they're escapism for neckbeard manchildren

    like cinema

    But Rolo we have to ask ourselves

    Really

    What is art?

    Rolo just said

    Pay attention

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  • simulacrumsimulacrum Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If Okami doesn't get in I will stab those responsible.

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Javen wrote: »
    Solar wrote: »
    Rolo wrote: »
    sorry videogames aren't art

    they're escapism for neckbeard manchildren

    like cinema

    But Rolo we have to ask ourselves

    Really

    What is art?

    Rolo just said

    Pay attention

    I'll pay attention

    to your mom

    whatisaiditwhat

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  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    they should have put Metal Gear Solid 3 in over 2

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  • simulacrumsimulacrum Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Keith wrote: »
    they should have put Metal Gear Solid 3 in over 2

    This.

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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood Falling Up the Stairs. A Doll's House.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Keith wrote: »
    they should have put Metal Gear Solid 3 in over 2

    word.

    mgs2 is still very pretty though

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  • BedlamBedlam Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    nothing is art

    everything you like sucks

    everything I like is awesome

    thread over

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  • -smash-smash Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    simulacrum wrote: »
    If Okami doesn't get in I will stab those responsible.

    The real exhibit will be a massive, writhing mass of nerds, slap-fighting for the inclusion of their favorite franchises.

    But, yeah, I'd throw Okami a vote too.

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  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Is this butt art?

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  • BedigunzBedigunz Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Imma vote for Bulletstorm

    Shootin people in the ass erryday

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  • Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    it'll be interesting to see how many of these get in because of fanbase loyalty as opposed to those with artistic merit

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Langly wrote: »
    Is this butt art?

    Is it your butt Langly?

    If so

    Definately

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  • FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    el oh el videos games ain't art soon

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Vann Diras wrote: »
    it'll be interesting to see how many of these get in because of fanbase loyalty as opposed to those with artistic merit

    greatest art form of the century :

    halo

    best composer or musician :

    justin bieber

    greatest author:

    jk rowling

    best film:

    James Cameron's Avatar

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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood Falling Up the Stairs. A Doll's House.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    justin bieber rules though

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  • TankHammerTankHammer Extreme Ghostbuster Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Video games? Art!? *hurumph*

    But yeah, the first thing I thought when I saw an article about this was that we'd have to have this conversation again.

    Yeah, creating a video game is no less-artistic than making pottery or writing a screenplay or taking photographs of things.

    Games are art.

    Now they're going to the Smithsonian.

    End of argument.

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    SNES -> Action Genre is easily the hardest category to decide

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    justin bieber rules though

    when our descendants think back to the 2010s they will know this as the era of the Bieber Fever

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  • simulacrumsimulacrum Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    justin bieber rules though

    when our descendants think back to the 2010s they will know this as the era of the Bieber Fever

    And shake their heads in disgust.

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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood Falling Up the Stairs. A Doll's House.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    justin bieber rules though

    when our descendants think back to the 2010s they will know this as the era of the Bieber Fever

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AimrmMlD5Tk

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2011
    Voting for Custer's Revenge

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    justin bieber doesn't believe in abortion

    population skyrockets

    thousands of girls have babies just so they don't believe in aborting them

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  • SilmarilSilmaril Mr Ha Ha Hapless. Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    justin bieber rules though

    when our descendants think back to the 2010s they will know this as the era of the Bieber Fever

    We can't wipe ourselves off the face of the planet soon enough.

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    am I allowed to complain about the categorization of Pilotwings 64 as a "target" game alongside Starfox & 007?

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    also I voted for paper mario because fuck zelda

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    look you gotta target them rings

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  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    augh i voted for shenmue by reflex before even seeing skies of arcadia was a choice

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