Art of Video Games Eras 1-3 – The Horrible Show 051111

The Horrible ShowVideo games are headed to the Smithsonian. Justin, Cole, Ethan, and Justin break down the first 3 eras of games selected for the Art of Video Games exhibit and pretend they could do it better. Space Invaders, Mario, Disney, Zelda, and E.T? Send in your questions to or @TheHorribleShow

We gotta say a little validation feels great. It’s not every day your favorite past time gets the attention of the Smithsonian. Before we look at the games representing all of us, our Threesomes of the Week detour into a creepy public pool that gives Dead Space 2 a run for its horror cash. Ethan’s On the Spot question wants to know what our favorite ugly game is which leads us to discovering more of Karnov’s family tree. The Art of Video Games is no longer up for debate, but the games selected for the exhibit sure are. Being fans of all eras of gaming, we take our time picking through the winners and nominee list from the Atari through Super Nintendo eras. While plenty of our favorites are represented like Zaxxon, Super Mario Bros 3, and Dune II, things aren’t looking good for Disney fans. We tease our announcement of the next Horrible Game Night. Finally, the Brink reviews this week have really confused Justin L’s wallet.

Show Notes

Justin L, Cole, Ethan, Justin G

Background Info:
Smithsonian Art of Video Games ExhibitWinners PDF
Interview: Chris Melissinos, Curator
Podcast: Eras 4-5 Discussion

Intro and Threesomes (00:45 – 26:05)
On the Spot Question (26:07 – 34:26)
Art of Video Games (34:28 – 1:23:52)
Era 1 (36:16 – 51:08)
Era 2 (51:10 – 1:05:25)
Era 3 (1:05:27 – 1:17:42)
Closing Statements (1:17:51 – 1:23:52) Updates (1:23:54 – 1:25:02)
Shout Outs (1:25:04 – 1:29:58)

Threesomes of the Week:
ColeTwin Peaks, Indianapolis Magazine, Mortal Kombat
GiffordGustav Holst, The Breach, HAWX 2
EthanDead Frontier, Weeds, Dead Space 2
JustinPlump’s Last Shot, Hulu Plus, Portal 2

Game Industry Shout Outs:
GiffordBlizzard Charity
JustinBrink Reviews

Mortal Kombat, Alan Wake, H.A.W.X 2, Words with Friends, Dead Frontier, Dead Space 2, Portal 2, Karnov, Rygar, Mega Man 2, Clayfighter, Star Wars Arcade Game, TIE Fighter, Penumbra, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Super Meat Boy, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Missile Command, Joust, Defender, Zaxxon, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Haunted House, Pong, Pitfall, Metroid, Super Mario Bros 3, The Legend of Zelda, Impossible Mission, Blaster Master, Shinobi, Life Force, Contra, Quackshot, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Altered Beast, Super Mario World, Sonic CD, Donkey Kong Country, BattleTech, Earthworm Jim, Xenonauts, Brink

The Miller House, X-Files cockroaches, Vampire: The Masquerade, Star Wars Arcade Game video, Tanooki Suit, Roger Ebert

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2 Comments Art of Video Games Eras 1-3 – The Horrible Show 051111

  1. CMelissinos

    Hey guys! Just started listening to the episode, so don’t know how deep you guys are getting, but I am happy to explain any questions about the exhibition that you guys have.


    Chris Melissinos

  2. Justin Lacey

    Hi Chris, thanks for checking out the podcast. We love the concept for the exhibit and hope to check it out. Admittedly, our conversation turned out a bit sideways by the end. We got a bit hung up on the categorization of things rather than talking about the games, so any insight to that initial selection process would be awesome.

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