March 16, 2012
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. is proud to announce that "METAL GEAR SOLID" and "METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY" were selected to go on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum*1 (hereinafter referred to as the Smithsonian Art Museum) starting on March 16th as part of their “The Art of Video Games” exhibit*2.
"The Art of Video Games" exhibits video games as works of art and introduces their graphical and technological evolution, as well as the effects they have had on other forms of art. The Smithsonian Art Museum selected 240 video game finalists that were of particular artistic importance, and held a public vote via the museum’s homepage, narrowing the list down to 80 works. Among those selected were 2 entries from the METAL GEAR series.
Both games share the anti-war and anti-nuclear themes of the METAL GEAR series, which features the main character performing solo missions infiltrating enemy territory while avoiding direct combat, and established the "stealth game" genre. The first game in the series was released in 1987 and as the series approaches its 25-year anniversary, the global life-to-date sales have exceeded 31.1 million units (as of the end of December 2011).
Konami will continue to strive to create content that people all over the world can enjoy and hold in high regard.
*1 The Smithsonian American Art Museum is located in Washington D.C. and is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex.
*2 The exhibition will be held from March 16th to September 30th.
|Featured works "METAL GEAR SOLID" (left) and
"METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY"
|The newest installment of the METAL GEAR series, "METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D" (left) and "METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION" (PlayStation®3) featuring both titles selected for the exhibition.|