Videogame History Museum finds a permanent home

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I’m not the biggest fan of museums. Sure, they can be interesting, but I can only handle looking at so many ancient relics before my brain decides to be well and truly bored. What easily fascinates me though is gaming (obviously), and its history. The nice thing about it is that it has changed so much over the past few decades, and for many of us, we have been a part of it to some extent and seen how things have changed and evolved. How cool would it be to visit a museum which details and showcases all the gaming artifacts from yesteryear?

Such a place does exist, except that it never had an actual home. The Videogame History Museum was fully mobile, popping up only at various exhibits and expos (such as e3). They have a huge collection, most of which sits in storage and couldn’t really be shown off due to limited space. That’s just changed – they finally have a place to call home (Joystiq via Game Preservation)

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How freaking cool is that? There will be an actual premises one can visit if they want to see all sorts of gaming memorabilia. The National Video Game Museum has quite a ridiculously large collection too (via Dallas News)

Complete game libraries for many home game consoles including Sega (Master System, Genesis, Dreamcast, etc.), Atari (7800, 5200, Lynx, etc.), 3DO, Vectrex, Intellivision, TurboGrafx-16, ColecoVision

An extensive vintage computer software collection, including hundreds of complete, in-box games for Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 and VIC-20

Many rare hardware prototypes, including Atari Cosmos, Atari Game Brain, Atari 65XEP Portable computer, Atari Dr. Pong arcade machine, Atari Puppy Pong arcade machine, Atari 7800 keyboard

Arcade games including Tempest, Crystal Castles, Breakout, Super Breakout, Ms. Pac-man, Super Pac-man, Zookeeper, Anti-aircraft, Tank 2 and Cockpit Turbo

Poor Atari. Imagine their consoles caught on and they were one of the big console contenders today. There are lots of other hardware components on show too, many of which I don’t recognise or know about.

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The National Videogame Museum will be the first of its kind for the nation. They plan on opening their doors in April next year. If I ever make a trip to the west in future, that would definitely be something I would want to see. What about you? Would the museum interest you or bore you to tears?

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Last Updated: September 22, 2014

Matthew Figueira

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  • Hammersteyn

    And this may be the first ragequit ever…
    http://img-9gag-lol.9cache.com/photo/aBK5gxO_460sa.gif

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’d be utterly bored looking at old gaming consoles & game packaging.

    • hairyknees

      BUT IT’S WHERE YOUR JOURNEY BEGAN! :'(

      I’d hope there are some games that are playable at least 😛 not just for looking at

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I play games on a PC. If I’m feeling nostalgic I’ll just play the old game on my PC. 😛

        • hairyknees

          Or on your phone via questionable emulators? 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s what Humble mobile bundles are for 😛

      • Hammersteyn

        I’d like to visit, maybe I can learn something that I don’t already know, plus it would be fun to see all the nerds correct the poor tour guide.

        • hairyknees

          Hahahaha imagine xD

    • Heathen! It’s, History!

      • Hammersteyn

        You’re right, Master Race would say consoles are history.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        So what? It’s history that doesn’t interest me.

    • Hammersteyn

      Such master race. Much Lordness

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        What does that have to do with anything?

        • Hammersteyn

          You play games on PC?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yes I got that, still trying to figure out why it’s relevant to why I’m not interested in a gaming museum like this. It’d be far more interesting to me to see a history of old board, card or dice games than this.

  • Xcalibersa

    No thanks, would rather go to an actual museum. And you know, see stuff that matters.

  • That is pretty cool. They could put Geoff on display, think he’s ancient enough…

  • caponeil

    I.need.to.go.there.!

  • caponeil

    and I am STILLLLL looking for a game I used to play in 1993 at our local fish and chips shop, so maybe I will find it there…lol

    • Brady miaau

      What was it like? This is the forum, to ask surely?

      Mame emulator game? *edit* is Mame even legal?

      • caponeil

        Oh trust me, I have tried on this site and drove everyone mad previously… My memories are: It is a side scroller, futuristic jump and shooter. You start off with yellow lasers that can be increased in size damage but you can pick up other weapons like boomerangs, triple ball and chains. you can turn around and also fight looking backwards…. Remember playing hours on this…..I have scoured old game arhives but to no avail. Played this about 1992/1993…

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