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Smithsonian adds Flower and Halo 2600 to its collection


1:25 PM on 12.17.2013
SmithsonianSmithsonian adds Flower and Halo 2600 to its collection photo



The Smithsonian American Art Museum has added another two videogames to its ever- expanding collection: thatgamecompany's Flower and Halo 2600, developed by Ed Fries. Whilst Flower had already been showcased at the 2012's Art of Videogame exhibit, it's a worthy addition to collection. I wouldn't be surprised to see thatgamecompany's Journey added very soon.

Halo 2600 is a surprising choice though; Ed Frie's "demake" of the console FPS was limited to just 500 carts and only playable on an Atari 2600, although a flash version was available. I think this game has been picked as it shows the love there is for old hardware and how the core ideas of a videogame can transcend the hardware that's it's played on. Feel like I'll need to visit this exhibit sometime myself.

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