MoMA Acquires 14 Video Games, ‘Pac-Man,’ ‘Portal’ Among Them

‘Portal’ (2007). (Courtesy Wikipedia)

This morning the Museum of Modern Art announced that it has acquired 14 video games for its permanent collection in the architecture and design department.

The games selected include classics like Pac-Man (1980), Myst (1993), The Sims (2000) and Portal (2007). The full list can be found here.

“Are video games art? They sure are, but they are also design, and a design approach is what we chose for this new foray into this universe,” wrote department curator Paola Antonelli in a blog post announcing the acquisitions. “Our criteria, therefore, emphasize not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspects—from the elegance of the code to the design of the player’s behavior—that pertain to interaction design.”

The museum said the initial list of 14 is the first step in the institution acquiring some 40 games in the near future. The initial group will be installed at the museum’s Philip Johnson Galleries in March 2013.

Thanks to Complex for pointing us to this.

MoMA Acquires 14 Video Games, ‘Pac-Man,’ ‘Portal’ Among Them