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Video Games As Art? The Smithsonian Thinks So

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has begun collecting video games for its permanent collection as part of an ongoing commitment to study and preserve such games as an artistic medium.

The museum announced this week that it acquired the 2009 game "Flower'' by Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago and the 2010 game "Halo 2600'' by Ed Fries.

Museum director Elizabeth Broun says the best video games are a great expression of art and culture. The museum says the rapid evolution of technology and the reach of video games have created a new genre in media art.

The museum says it is acquiring works that explore the boundaries of video games as an art form. It plans to acquire additional video games in the future.

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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.
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To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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