The Evolution Revolution

RE: Why the Art of Video Games Exhibit is Flawed

This is a response to the article at

Actually the major flaw in your argument is that games like Sonic 1 and SMB will not appear. Actually, The absolute Codifiers such as these will be there automatically, in playable form and everything, according to the Smithsonian Page.

“Five games will be available for visitors to play for a few minutes, to gain some feel for the interactivity—Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft. In addition, the galleries will include video interviews with developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, and historic game consoles. ”

So that’s basically 5 confirmed games right there, and there will probably be more, including Street Fighter 2 and Wii Sports, as they are both revolutionary.

Plus, /b/ wouldn’t try to spam this up. I know that there are many trolls but creating an entire email account and then going and voting takes too long for it to be worthwhile, and there aren’t many bad games to begin with. Here are the titles that I felt were most questionable back during voting:

-The Strategy Section on NES: Neither Fanicom Wars nor Fire Emblem are there. But the problem with that is that they were never localized into English.

-Black Ops: See the reason that this is here is to showcase the development of the art of the Modern Shooter from Doom to now. Not for any actual artistic value, IMO.

-Tony Hawk’s Underground 2: My main concern. A bad game nominated over Ratchet & Clank or even Killzone?! But actually it is artisitc, moreso than many games; its massive amounts of pop culture insertion could showcase the entirety of the 2000s!

-ET for 2600: Your article states (tastelessly, I might add), that E.T. and Pac-Man for 2600 are some of the worst games of all time and that the Exhibit Curators are idiots for including them. Well, the point of their inclusion was BECAUSE of their low quality. They are two of the most historically relevant games of all time, since they caused the Video Game Crash of 1983, and because of that they would be perfect for this exhibit that shows the evolution of gaming.

So the games are NOT supposed to be a “Best Games Ever” list, but a list of games for artisitc merit. Batallion Wars 1 AND 2 being on there is questionable for me when it seems that there are normally no sequels on the ballot, but the Modern Category is, in my opinion, nearly perfect.

Handheld and Arcade games do not appear because this exhibit is showcasing the evolution of CONSOLE gaming, and that is why PC games do not even appear until the 4th Era (PC gaming was COMPLETELY seperate from Console gaming up until the very late 90s). Both of them have taken alternate paths in development in the past 15 years, and would need their own exhibits. For example, by including handheld games like Game Boy and Game Gear, it would need cell phone games like Snake, and then for nowadays it would need the millions of Iphone and Android games out there.

As for the 4-genre limit: There can only be 80 games, so they condensed it into 4 per console. There’s no way that an exhibit featuring 150 games or something could ever fit, even in the Smithsonian, as one could see if they ever go to one of the museums.

There are pretty valid concerns as to the validity of this, but don’t worry; it’s going to be a perfectly amazing exhibit!

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