Thursday, May 5, 2011

Art of Video Games Exhibit at the Smithsonian Winners Announced

This post may as well be called "My Beloved Zelda Wins Everything and I Helped!"

Back in February, gamers were invited to vote on what video games should be included in next year's Smithsonian American Art Museum Art of Video Games Exhibit. I jumped at the chance. Well, voting ended on April 17 and today the winners were announced. 80 games were picked from 240. The categories spanned every generation.  Most notable wins for me are:

The Legend of Zelda series winning in every category it was in. In fact, in the Adventure genre of the N64 category Ocarina of Time was up against Majora's Mask. Ocarina won.

Super Mario Bros won big. The first Super Mario, Super Mario 3, Super Mario World, Mario 64, and Galaxy 2 won. I'm only counting Action/platformers. Paper Mario was beaten twice by Zelda in the Adventure genre.

BioShock in Action for the Xbox 360 It beat out Halo 3 and Gears of War 2. I almost had a nervous breakdown picking between BioShock and Gears, but BioShock got my vote.

Portal in Modern Windows Portal beat out Half-Life 2. I voted Portal, even though I really love Half-Life 2.

Fallout 3 in Modern Windows Fallout 3 was pitted against Knights of the Old Republic. Again, I almost lost it trying to pick between them. Fallout won for me, though. The original  Fallout for DOS/Windows also won.

Halo 2 also was picked in the Xbox Action category.

There are plenty of other games, I'm happy to see made it like Donkey Kong, Earthworm Jim, Star Fox, Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2 (even though I voted for Oblivion) and Final Fantasy VII.

For the complete list go here

1 comment:

  1. I nearly started crying when I saw there was nothing for Sonic the Hedgehog! LOL! Thankfully, there was something at the end :p