Entries in Video Games (5)


New York City Art Museum Adds Video Games Collection

JupiterImages/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Are video games art?  The Museum of Modern Art in New York City definitely thinks so, and has selected Pac-Man, Tetris and 12 other video games for inclusion into its Architecture and Design collection.

In announcing the acquisition, the museum published a statement on its blog, saying the video games selected are “outstanding examples of interaction design -- a field.”

The museum says the criteria for selection emphasizes “not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspects -- from the elegance of the code to the design of the player’s behavior -- that pertain to interaction design.”

In many cases, the video games will be playable so museum visitors can get the full experience, but a spokesman said the MoMA won’t be turned into an arcade.

Here’s a list of the games selected for exhibit at the MoMA and the year they debuted:

  • 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)

The museum says the 14 games selected are part of an initial wish list of some 40 games to be acquired in the near future for a new category of artworks.  The games will go on display in March 2013.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Matt Stone, Trey Parker Want You To Star in Next ‘South Park’ Game

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Plenty of rehashes and sequels were on display at XBox’s E3 Media Briefing Monday, but only one game had everyone laughing out loud.

That game was South Park: The Stick of Truth.

In a break from Microsoft’s presentation, the latest South Park game managed to “stick” out in one way -- it looked nothing like a game at all. South Park’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, took to the stage and announced that they had been working with THQ to ”make a game that felt like you were in an episode of South Park.”

Footage from the upcoming role playing game looked identical to an episode of the show and promised to feature a wide array of well-known creatures and characters from the South Park universe, spanning from Crab People to Underpants Gnomes. One important new character has been added to the game, however, and that character is you.

The game looks to take advantage of the popularity surrounding South Park’s avatar generator and place your self-designed character in the forefront of the story. The user's character will explore the town, mapped out by South Park’s creators in great detail for the first time, ”trying to become the fifth of the four boys.”

Stone and Parker have gotten into gaming before; the first South Park game was released 14 years ago for PlayStation and the Nintendo 64. Most versions failed both to capture the spirit of the series and turn it into solid gameplay. The most recent title, this year’s South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge, arrived to lukewarm reviews and little fanfare.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Video Games: 'NBA 2K12' the Best Sports Title of 2012?

2K Sports(NEW YORK) -- The best sports video game of the year is NBA 2K12, according to Sports Illustrated's Paul Ulane. In fact, he goes further, calling it the best sports game he's ever seen.

"It really gives you an amazing basketball simulation, but it also combines that with the experience of being able to play from different eras with different players. And that's something that we have never really seen before in any sports game, let alone a basketball game," noted Ulane.

NBA 2K12 is available for all major gaming platforms.

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'Grand Theft Auto 5' Trailer Hits the Web

Cate Gillon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Video game developer Rockstar has released the debut trailer for the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 5.

The latest addition to the Grand Theft Auto series will take place in the fictional city of San Andreas, and after spending two years in development it’s expected to be one of the biggest worlds ever modeled in an action game.  Instead of creating a mere city, Rockstar has enlarged its focus, this time choosing to model an entire state with three separate cities and a huge amount of countryside to explore.

The story’s protagonist is Carl Johnson, who returns to his hometown of San Andreas to mourn his mother, who was killed in an act of senseless violence.

The three fictitious cities in GTA 5 are modeled after Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is rumored to hit shelves in early 2012, but no official release date has been announced.

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World's Biggest Pac-Man Game Is Web Sensation

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Pac-Man fans, get ready for the time-suck of your life. The new website World's Biggest Pac-Man turns the classic arcade game into a massive online diversion.

Launched earlier this month at Microsoft's Mix11 conference in Las Vegas, the website game was created by the Australian media agency Soap Creative (in partnership with Pac-Man's publisher Namco-Bandai) to highlight Microsoft's latest browser, IE9.

The free browser-based game doesn't just let users play the retro game, it lets them create their own mazes and link them up with others online.

In the week since the site's launch, fans around the world have played more than 2.5 million mazes and contributed more than 12,500. The site also says it has eaten more than 270 million Pac-Man dots.

But these aren't your run-of-the-mill Pac-Man mazes. Players around the world are showing off their creativity with mazes shaped like hamburgers, trumpets and video game characters Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. Other fans have been submitting mazes with messages like "I Love Wendy," "Burger Time" and "Ivan Made This Site."

The now-iconic game was first released in Japan by Namco-Bandai Games in May 1980. Originally called Puck Man, Pac-Man launched in the U.S. in October 1980 and went on to sell more than 100,000 units in its first year of production.

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