According to our good friends over at SEGAbits, the original Sonic Adventure will be appearing as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “Art of Video Games” exhibit. The game won via a public vote the Smithsonian held earlier in the year, over Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi.
Sonic Adventure wasn’t the only Sonic Team game to win, though. Phantasy Star 1 and 4 also made it, as well as Chu Chu Rocket. Unfortunately, Sonic CD lost to Earthworm Jim for the Sega Genesis/CD action game placement, and NiGHTS -criminally- lost to Tomb Raider for the SEGA Saturn’s action game placement. For a full list of winners, including a full list of every single SEGA game that made it in, head over to SEGAbits.
The Smithsonian’s “Art of Video Games” exhibit will run from March 16th to September 30th, 2012.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is setting up an exhibition focusing on video game artwork – and Sonic the Hedgehog could feature prominently in the upcoming showcase.
Called The Art of Video Games, the event takes a look at iconic games throughout the last 40 years and explores the industry “as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers.” Better yet, there are 80 slots for games to be featured – and visitors to the museum’s website can vote for the games that they feel best represent ‘video games as art.’
Representing the Sonic the Hedgehog (and related) series in this voting stage are the following:
- Sonic CD (Action Game – Sega Genesis)
- Sonic Adventure (Action Game – Sega Dreamcast)
- NiGHTS into Dreams… (Action Game – Sega Saturn)
Click here to visit the voting page – you’ll need to register an account with the website – and take your time in voting for the games you feel deserve the cut. Certainly, don’t vote for Sonic just because it’s Sonic, but… well, it’s Sonic isn’t it?