10 May

The Smithsonian’s “Art in Video Games” exhibit won’t open until next year, but the museum has released the list of video games that have received enough votes to become part of the gallery. The expected class of Mario (Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy 2), Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess), Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid, Sons of Liberty) and Master Chief (Halo 2) are all present. But the voters still managed a few surprises.

For example, Final Fantasy Tactics being the most artistic strategy game on the Playstation, The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2 being the most artistic strategy game on…anything, and underplayed titles like Brutal Legend and Attack of the Mutant Camels making the list at all. A list of all of the profiled games, organized by era and system, can be found here (.pdf).

Did the games you vote for make the cut, E-Gs? Any surprises? Become your own art critic by commenting below!

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  1. Most of what is there I agree with completely. I would’ve put ff13 above Heavy Rain though. FF13’s art style is unique and gorgeous while heavy rain just looks sort of bland. Not anything AGAINST heavy rain, I’m sure it’s a very unique title, but it doesn’t LOOK like anything special. ALso would’ve put MH:Tri over Twilight Princess. And WoW is definitely miles ahead of Fallout 3.

    Glad to see FF7 getting the recognition it deserves, and Link to the Past. Not to mention d2 and SC.

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