The Art of Video Games Smithsonian Exhibit

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  1. PlanHex

    PlanHex Legislative Senator oTO Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Nov 4, 2007
    Wow, they've got E.T. for the Atari up there.
    Isn't that universally hailed as the shittiest game ever?

    Wouldn't that be like showing a crappy stick figure I drew in the Louvre?

    edit: Ha, they've got Michael Jackson's Moonwalker too!
     
  2. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    This poll seems quite limited, not to say absurd at some parts. Some games really don't deserve to have their place here, while some aren't included.
    And it's brutal that you have to choose from Fallout and Command & Conquer.
     
  3. warsaw

    warsaw Still Mildly Glowing

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    Dec 1, 2008
    Uh... you don't?

    You choose 1 game per genre, not 1 game per platform.
     
  4. Ilosar

    Ilosar Vault Fossil

    Apr 20, 2010
    Voted Minecraft over SC2 for the lulz. Also nice to see Okami and Shadow of the Collossus made it, these would probably be my #1 and 2 choices for best video game art, ever.

    And Gears of Brown 2/Blando 3 better not beat Bioshock in the art department. I mean, seriously.
     
  5. Little Robot

    Little Robot sup Orderite

    Sep 29, 2010
    They also have the original PacMan game for the Atari VCS. I don't know if you've ever played it, but it's absolute trash. Especially considering how good Ms. Pac Man is, for the exact same system. I'm talking worlds of difference. If it was Ms. Pac Man I would have voted for it, as it is I'm voting for Haunted House. That game is great anyway.

    EDIT: AWWW YEAH, B17 BAWMERUURRRR

    EDITx2: Most of these are really crappy choices, though. About 1/3, at least, of the Atari VCS games are ripoffs of arcade titles, and many of the Intellivision games are ripoffs of Atari VCS games. It seems odd to choose those games over ones which, you know, have an original art direction.

    And where the hell are all the Imagic games? Those games are clearly the most artistic, they are hella polished.

    TRIPLE EDIT: Also, Carnival for the Colecovision? Really? Out of all the sophisticated titles for that system, they chose one which is just a straight port of an Atari VCS title? And it's a crap game anyway.

    QUADRUPLE EDIT (Aka I am way too excited about computer games from this era): MARBLE MADNESS? AFTER BURNER!? Those are arcade titles! Come on, people. For Christ's sake! Just make an "arcade games" category! Stop trying to use the half-baked knockoffs for the home systems!
     
  6. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Jul 12, 2009
    Wow, they included Life Force, I thought no one knows that game existed.

    There are some interesting choices to say the least. Some interestingly bad choices.
     
  7. I voted ET,

    It's shittiness and unplayability means it has no purpose other than being art.
     
  8. PlanHex

    PlanHex Legislative Senator oTO Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Nov 4, 2007
    Well, they've got a bunch of multiplatform titles and ports in the later eras too, so at least they're consistent? :shrug:

    I gotta say though... Funniest bit has to be the fact that it has Metroid Prime 2 in the Gamecube section and the Metroid Prime Trilogy (which includes MP2) in the Wii section.
    You'd think they could figure out that Metroid Prime 2 would be part of the fucking Metroid Prime Trilogy if not by the name, then by looking at the damn box.
     
  9. Little Robot

    Little Robot sup Orderite

    Sep 29, 2010
    I mean, my problem with Carnival is that the Atari VCS is by far an inferior system to the Colecovision-- especially due to the graphics of the games. And Carnival was one of the crappiest titles for the VCS, even graphics-wise.

    Basically, this is the comparison (graphics and processing-wise) between the Intellivision and VCS.
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPB3H_a234s[/youtube]

    Considering that the Colecovision is even better than the Intellivision in these respects, it makes no sense to put an Atari VCS game as one of the contenders for best Colecovision game.
     
  10. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Just ran through the poll the first time to see the games - didn't actually pay attention to how it is separated by genre, and not only consoles, so my bad. Didn't vote infact, except for Fallout and few other games.
    And I'm glad - two of my favorite games got votes :)
     
  11. UncannyGarlic

    UncannyGarlic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 6, 2008
    Wow, this is going to be one shitty exhibit. Clearly the Smithsonian no longer cares about being taken seriously...
     
  12. rehevkor

    rehevkor It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Nov 19, 2005
    No hand held titles? At all? Oh dear.
     
  13. frosty_theaussie

    frosty_theaussie Still Mildly Glowing

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    Nov 22, 2003
    Art through adversity!
     
  14. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Well, this too. FFTA is much more vibrant artistically than FFT and yet the latter gets included :roll: Also virtually no obscure/niche titles. But one could go on and on about the games that should have been on the list that aren't. Not a single Castlevania title? Oh boy.
     
  15. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    well at least they didn't cram it with horrible Final Fantasy shit, just imagine the future generations being inspired to make characters with pants with a boot larger than the other, and a bunch of tape coming from nowhere coupled with emo haircuts.
     
  16. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Not ALL FF character design is horrible. A lot of it is actually quite good (FFIII/IX) or very original/exciting (FFTA/FFXII, love it). None of those are on the list though. I've never much liked their approach to sci-fi as well.
     
  17. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    well IX and XXII were going for a more return to the clasic desing of the first 6 games.
     
  18. TheRatKing

    TheRatKing Vault Dweller

    702
    Oct 7, 2008
    I can't deal with Final Fantasy. All those roman numerals make my head spin.
     
  19. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    FF sucks after 7, and seven isn't even as AWESOME SACUE!!!111oneone as most jrpg idolizers say, still good.
    But you know what Jrpg art should be there (I have not checked the lists) some Kaneko (shin Megami Tensei).
     
  20. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    IX yes, it's basically same design as III, but XII? Not so sure... In any case, they should do more fantasy settings and less sci-fi, they do fantasy a lot better. Last Remnant was great, too.

    Lies, VIII, IX, FFTA2 are all great games.

    What SHOULD be on the list from J-games is Ys series' art, since it's absolutely amazing. And also Chaos legion and ARC SYSTEM WORKS games.