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NYC Museum of Modern Art opens game collection with 14 classics, exhibiting in March 2013

Given the subject matter, this is usually where the author waxes philosophical about whether -- having been accepted by a major international museum -- games are indeed "art." We're gonna skip that needless exercise today and simply tell you that the New York City Museum of Modern Art is officiating its intake of 14 video game classics as the start of an ongoing gaming collection, set to go on display in March 2013 in the MoMA's Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries -- the same galleries that house an original iPod and more. The games range from Buckner & Garcia inspiration Pac-Man to modern classic Portal, and even includes some lesser known gems (vib-ribbon, anyone?). The MoMA blog calls this initial selection just the "seedbed" for a chunkier collection of around 40 titles, all of which will be part of a "new category of artworks" at the iconic museum. Head below for the full first 14.

  • Pac-Man (1980)

  • 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)