Video games are art. That's a fact () that's even been determined by the Supreme Court . And gameshavebeen embraced by art institutions before. In an exhibition this year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum.But in a blog post today, Paola Antonelli, senior curator in MoMA's department of design, explained that the museum's intention is not as simple as evaluating the artistic value of certain video games. They want to look at games from a design perspective: "Our criteria, therefore, emphasize not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspectsfrom the elegance of the code to the design of the players behaviorthat pertain to interaction design."
Because the museum is looking for specific design traits, Antonielli explained that MoMA has not acquired, and is not looking for, some games that might seem like "no-brainers to video game historian."
Here are some images of the games MoMA has acquired, via the museum: