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Posted at 2:17 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Smithsonian video game exhibition voting is open

By Hayley Tsukayama

Cross posted from Faster Forward

Are video games art? An upcoming Smithsonian exhibition featuring video games seems to say the answer is yes, but leaves it up to you to decide which games should be in its exhibit.

Voting has opened for the exhibition, which has a ballot of games selected by curator Chris Melissinos, the founder of the company Past Pixels and a video game collector. Melissinos was joined by an all-star panel of journalists and industry leaders to create the ballot of 240 games. Voters can select 80 games by type and console from five distinct video game eras that span the days of Atari and 8-bit to the 3D revolution.

Entries from the modern era include Fable, Heavy Rain, Halo 2 and World of Warcraft.

Sound off: What games -- if any -- do you think should qualify as art? Why?

Update: Due to unexpected traffic, the voting site has to undergo some maintenance and is currently down. It is expected to be back up some time later today. By 9 a.m., the site had 19,000 registered users, over 50,000 unique visitors, 240,000 individual votes and more than 250,000 unique views, according to museum spokeswoman Laura Baptiste. Also, to clarify, the video game exhibition is being organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 15, 2011; 2:17 PM ET
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