MoMA announced several video game acquisitions this afternoon, marking the ongoing accumulation of the video game collection launched in November 2012. The new additions are: the Magnavox Odyssey console (1972), Pong (1972), Space Invaders (1978), Asteroids (1979), Tempest (1981), Yar’s Revenge (1982), and Minecraft (2011). This group is much older, on average, than the games currently held by the collection, representing the first pre-1980s acquisitions for MoMA’s video game initiative. Speaking to Hyperallergic last November, Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, explained:
“Video games have been part of our life for decades and they are important examples of a synthesis of design, architecture, and applied art.”
Though there are no surprises in today’s acquisitions — these works were all mentioned in the initial announcement — we’ve compiled the best places online for you to play these classics as flash games. And should you need any more encouragement to waste away the hours with this list, note that this post took three hours of
spacebar-mashing action vetting to put together.
And, finally, though it doesn’t fall into the category of easily-playable flash games, Minecraft can be downloaded here.
Note: Atari has an online “arcade” platform where several of these games are also available, though in the case of Asteroids, for example, we aesthetically preferred the non-Atari version.