SMITHSONIAN SEE VIDEO GAMES AS ART

Dec 27, 2013

By Andy Johnson

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For those who might still think video games aren’t worth one’s time, the venerable Smithsonian begs to differ. The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington is adding two game titles, “Flower” and “Halo 2600” to its permanent collection, as part of its growing commitment to preserve video games as an artistic medium. Film and media arts curator Michael Mansfield says video games represent a vast, diverse and rapidly evolving new genre that is crucial to understanding the American story.

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