MOMA, you beautiful bastard you! The Museum of Modern Art announced that it will add 14 classic video games to its design collection, with more to come. In doing so, they have chosen to fully acknowledge the artistic merit that goes into the process of video game design.

Our very own Kyle Chayka (ok, fine, also Hyperallergic‘s) was quick enough to pick up MOMA’s announcement on their blog today, hooray. Here’s the full list of games currently in the collection as of this morning:

• Pac-Man (1980)
• Tetris (1984)
• Another World (1991)
• Myst (1993)
• SimCity 2000 (1994)
• vib-ribbon (1999)
• The Sims (2000)
• Katamari Damacy (2004)
• EVE Online (2003)
• Dwarf Fortress (2006)
• Portal (2007)
• flOw (2006)
• Passage (2008)
• Canabalt (2009)

Though the selection may seem arbitrary at first, the selection process for the collection is actually rather rigorous. In order to be included in the collection, each game must meet certain standards in categories such as “behavior, aesthetics, space and time.” Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design explains the procedure as such:

Our criteria, therefore, emphasize not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspects—from the elegance of the code to the design of the player’s behavior—that pertain to interaction design. In order to develop an even stronger curatorial stance, over the past year and a half we have sought the advice of scholars, digital conservation and legal experts, historians, and critics, all of whom helped us refine not only the criteria and the wish list, but also the issues of acquisition, display, and conservation of digital artifacts that are made even more complex by the games’ interactive nature.

Over the next few years, MOMA hopes to add more gems to the collection including some popular favorites like Super Mario Bros (the original as well as the 64 version), Street Fighter II and the Legend of Zelda. The original group of 14, however, will be installed at the museum’s Philip Johnson Galleries this coming March and yes, you actually get to play them.