If you have been disparaging video games – or, perhaps, trying to wean yourself from an addiction to them – it’s time to think again. Video games are now high culture, with the imprimatur of the Museum of Modern Art, which announced on Thursday that it has acquired the first 14 titles in a planned collection of about 40 games. These constitute a new category among the museum’s collections, and will be on display in the Philip Johnson Galleries starting in March. (An exhibition devoted to video games will open in December at the Museum of the Moving Image, and another exhibition, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, closed in September.)
“Are video games art?” Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the museum’s department of architecture and design, asked in a post on the museum’s web page.