Pac-Man, Tetris Among MoMA’s First Video Game Acquisitions


“But it’s art, Ma.” Teenagers, rejoice, for MoMA has legitimized what you’ve been telling your parents for years. The museum has announced its first video game acquisitions, a collection that includes 14 titles ranging from classics like Pac-Man and Tetris to more contemporary game-design paragons including Katamari Damacy and Portal. According to Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, this is only the beginning of “an initial wish list of about 40 to be acquire in the near future.” Kottke points out that Nintendo titles are conspicuously absent, likely because negotiations with the company are still in progress. Check out the rest of the games MoMA bought, all of which will be on view (and, we assume, available for playing) at the museum in March 2013, after the jump.

MoMA’s first video game acquisitions:

Pac-Man (1980) • Tetris (1984) • Another World (1991) • Myst (1993) • SimCity 2000 (1994) • vib-ribbon (1999) • The Sims (2000) • Katamari Damacy (2004) • EVE Online (2003) • Dwarf Fortress (2006) • Portal (2007) • flOw (2006) • Passage (2008) • Canabalt (2009)