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Art of Video Games Voting

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces they are inviting the public to vote on The Art of Video Games, an exhibition on the evolution of video games as an artistic medium which opens in Washington, D.C. March 16, 2012. Here's a bit:

Voting will take place online,, from Feb. 14 through April 7. A valid e-mail address is the only requirement to vote. The website will offer participants a chance to vote for 80 games from a pool of 240 proposed choices in various categories, divided by era, game type and platform. The winning games will be displayed in the exhibition as screen shots and short video clips. The website will include an online forum where gaming enthusiasts can campaign for particular games and voice their opinions about the selections.

The games on the voting site were selected for their graphic excellence, artistic intent and innovative game design. Results will be available online in May.

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14. Re: Art of Video Games Voting Feb 15, 2011, 03:08 Draugr
Jerykk wrote on Feb 15, 2011, 02:35:
hopefully with this voting, people keep in mind what they are voting for, and don't look at it as a "vote for what you liked" situation.

I'm not sure how that can work. Anything that relies on votes ultimately boils down to what games the most people played. Unless you've played every game on the list, you are not qualified to make an educated choice.

Seems to me like the way to go there would be to recuse yourself from that section of the voting, if you're truly missing what is considered pertinent information.

If it's about what most people played or is most popular, we've got data for that, so why bother with voting? Because this is about aesthetics and innovation, not sales or popularity, (though sometimes the two are connected.) If it's treated as such, we should just do as Sepharo said, save us some time, and declare WoW and CoD the winners in their respective categories.

I really can't change how people perceive the survey though, all I can do is express how people should be approaching it (or at least how I think they should, which I consider true to the intent of the exhibit.)
They say, "Remember, this is an art exhibition, so be sure to vote for games that you think are visually spectacular or boast innovative design!"
Not, "Pick your favorite games in the list."

But as you said, "Unless you've played every game on the list, you are not qualified to make an educated choice." I couldn't agree more, I think the approach they've taken is flawed.
I'll still play along though.

This comment was edited on Feb 15, 2011, 03:14.
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