The Smithsonian Putting 'The Art of Video Games' On Display in 2012

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Scratch the Smithsonian American Art Museum off of the list of institutions who don't consider gaming to be a legitimate art-form, because they've announced a new exhibit going up next year that aims to cover more than 30 years of gaming history and culture. "The Art of Video Games" is scheduled to open up on March 16, 2012, and close the following September, making Washington, DC a likely pilgrimage for gamers from all over.

"From the Atari VCS to the Playstation 3, 'The Art of Video Games' will show the development of visual effects and aesthetics during four decades, the emergence of games as a means for storytelling, the influence of world events and popular culture on game development, and the impact that the games can have on society," according to the Smithsonian Institution's website. "It will include multimedia presentations of game footage, video interviews with developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, historic game consoles, and a selection of working game systems for visitors to play.

There will also be a fitting interactive element to the exhibit, which sounds like it should invite some impassioned votes from longtime gamers.

"In addition, the public will be asked to assist with the selection of materials for the show by choosing the games that they feel best represent particular moments in the overall timeline," the announcement states.

There's no address listed yet for sending such input, but I'm already beginning my essay on the crucial moment on the timeline gaming culture that "Maniac Mansion" truly represented.

Which games do you want to see featured in the Smithsonian's upcoming games exhibit? Are you glad to the medium getting its due? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.