Museum of Modern Art gets game collection


The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will get a own game collection by March 2013. With games such as Pac-Man and Eve Online. The museum announced it wants to store up to 40 games and has acquired fourteen thus far.

The games are chosen based on exceptional examples of interactive design. The critero the Museum of Modern Art uses are not only based on the visual quality but also on the aesthetic experience of the game, but also other aspects that have to do with interaction design, from elegance of the code to design of the user experience.

The museum says to have got help of historians and critics to enhance the selection criteria and the wish list of games. The games will also be able to be played in the museum itself. Thereby the museum emphasizes that the play time of long games such as SimCity 2000 is shortened.

The oldest game the museum has bought is Pac-Man from 1980, the most recent game the museum has bought has been Canabalt, a mobile game from 2009. Aside that MoMA has the following games in its collection: Tetris, Another World, Myst, SimCity 2000, Vib-Ribbon, De Sims, Katamari Damacy, EVE Online, Dwarf Fortress, Portal , flOw en Passage

High on the shopping list of the Museum of Modern Art are: Spacewar! from 1962 and Minecraft (2011).

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