Interactive art is nothing new but recognition of video games as art is long overdue. Finally, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery have decided to acknowledge video games as art as well as the power of games in shaping culture. Members of the general public are invited to vote for their favourite games. A total of eighty games will be featured in the exhibit.
Smithsonian Gaming Exhibition
It is hoped that the exhibit will cover a wide span of games as 'video game' no longer is limited to combat or role-play. Harvest Moon and Rune Factory games are true interactive novels while an online game like Fantasy Kingdoms offers players an opportunity to create their own 'art' in the form of abstracts, patterns or traditional fantasy landscapes.