MoMA has acquired 14 video games for its collection in the architecture and design department including classics like Pac-Man and Portal. They form the seedbed of an initial wish list of about 40 to be acquired in the near future.
“Are video games art? They sure are, but they are also design, and a design appproach is what we chose for this foray into this universe,” says department curator Paoli Antonelli. “Our criteria, therefore, emphasizes not only the visual quality and the aesthetic experience of each game, but also many other aspects – from the elegance of the code to the design of the players's behaviour – that pertain to interaction design.”