MoMA to host a video games collection

RetroGamers - MoMA Video Games Collection


Every day more, video games get the acknowledgement they deserve. Not only can they make us have a good time, but also help improving the education sytem or even become true museum jewels… literally. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of New York is to host, from March 2013, a permanent collection of 40 video games in its Philip Johnson galleries.

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According to the MoMA press release, the video games that will become a part of the collection have been chosen due not only to their visual design, but also to other features like the elegance of the source code or the interaction with the player. So far they have acquired the following 14 video games:

  • Pac-Man (1990)
  • Tetris (1984)
  • Another World (1991)
  • Myst (1993)
  • SimCity 2000 (1994)
  • vib-ribbon (1999)
  • The Sims (2000)
  • Katamari Damacy (2004)
  • EVE Online (2003)
  • Dwarf Fortress (2006)
  • Portal (2007)
  • flOw (2006)
  • Passage (2008)
  • Canabalt (2009)

In the next years they plan completing this initial selection with other video games like Spacewar! (1962), Pong (1972), Space Invaders (1978), Donkey Kong (1981), Super Mario Bros. (1985), Super Mario 64 (1996) and Minecraft (2011) among others. This collection will confirm the important role that video games have in our society and, also, we are delighted that most of the chosen ones are retro games we love. Aren’t they, RetroGamers?

You can also read: 40 years with our beloved Pong


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