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Sunday December 21, 2014

#MoMa Announces New Video Game Collection

Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007)

Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Museum of Modern Art is buying video games. MoMa announced this week it will acquire up to 40 games for display at the Philip Johnson Galleries in March. Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design, said to The New York Times,”Are video games art? They sure are, but they are also design, and a design approach is what we chose for this new foray into this universe.”

The museum has acquired 14 games thus far:  Pac-Man (1980), Sim City 2000 (1994), Myst (1993), Tetris (1984), Another World (1991),  vib-ribbon (1999), The Sims (2000), Katamari Damacy (2004), EVE Online (2003), Dwarf Fortress (2006), Portal (2007), flOw (2006), Passage (2008) and Canabalt (2009). There are also looking to acquire early Spacewar! (1962) and Minecraft (2011).

The New York Times