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The Smithsonian Considers These Games Art

The Smithsonian's list of games to be featured at their The Art of Video Games exhibition has been finalized. The original list of 240 nominees games were put to a vote by fans and pared down to an impressive selection. The full list can be viewed below:

1943: The Battle of Midway Advanced Dungeons and Dragons After Burner Attack of the Mutant Camels Bioshock Boom Blox Brütal Legend ChuChu Rocket! Combat® Desert Commander Diablo II Donkey Kong™ DOOM II Dune II: Battle for Arrakis Earthworm Jim Einhander Fable Fallout Fallout 3 Final Fantasy Tactics Final Fantasy VII flOw Flower Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Goldeneye 007 Gradius V Gunstar Heroes Halo 2 Heavy Rain Jumpman Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II Marble Madness MassEffect 2 Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Metroid Prime 2: Echos Minecraft Okami Pac-Man Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei Panzer Dragoon Orta Panzer Dragoon Saga Phantasy Star Phantasy Star IV Pikmin 2 Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Pitfall! Portal Rez Shadow of Colossus Shenmue Sid Meier's Pirates! SimCity SimCity 2000 Sonic Adventure Space Invaders Spy vs Spy Star Fox™ Star Fox™: Assault Star Strike Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator StarCraft Super Mario 64 Super Mario Brothers 3 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario World The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Tomb Raider TRON: Maze-Atron Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Utopia Worms Armageddon Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure Zaxxon

Impressive, right? It's hard to argue with the majority of these titles. I'm especially pleased with the inclusion of three Panzer Dragoon games in the selection. Do you have a favorite in the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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