New York Museum of Modern Art to put video games on display

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 4:29am


Are video games a form of art? New York's Museum of Modern Art thinks so, and starting in March several games will become an integral part of the museum's collection.

The museum, known by the acronym MoMA, has purchased 14 video games, and expects to increase its collection of games soon to 40.

This will be "a new category of artworks in MoMA's collection that will grow in the future," the museum said.

The initial games, which the public can see starting in March 2013, features classics such as Pac-Man (1980), Tetris (1984), Myst (1993), SimCity 2000 (1994), EVE Online (2003) and Canabalt (2009).

If the game is short, visitors will be allowed to play it in its entirety. For games that take longer visitors will have to make do with an interactive demonstration.