EVE Online, the groundbreaking massively multiplayer online game, has been acquired and placed in The Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in New York City. The popular MMO has continued to see growth for a tenth year in a row and is one of the first of fourteen video games to be added to the museum’s permanent collection. The games being added were chosen by a panel consisting of game industry experts and will be displayed, along with other artwork and media, in the new Applied Design installation from March 1st, 2013 to January 31st, 2014.
The nearly decade old online game’s exhibit will be displaying a voiced over visual experience of player donated videos that depict average days from EVE Online’s history. Video donations were accepted from players from around the world and were then combined with over 1.2 terabytes of data from EVE’s server database and big data storage to create a clear representation of being a part of the EVE Universe.
Torfi Frans Olafsson, EVE IP Development Division’s Creative Director, stated, “We couldn’t imagine telling the story of the EVE Universe without putting our players and their actions front and center.” He also added, “The exhibition was such an inspiring project to work on. Seeing our universe under the same roof as so many other legendary works we love makes that collaboration an even more meaningful honor.”
EVE Online and the other thirteen games being acknowledged as art have passed a great hurdle for the video game industry. This just shows that games are finally being accepted as a true art form rather than a simple toy for children. It took decades for the general public to start thinking differently about this popular entertainment medium, but it seems game developers are finally getting the recognition they deserve. If you are capable of seeing this exhibit before it ends, than I highly recommend you take that opportunity to experience EVE Online, as well as the other great games, at a museum.
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