Museum opens 15,000-piece game exhibit

Gamers are as guilty as any other crowd when it comes to obsessively hoarding anything related to their interests. However, pretty much everyone's game collection looks a bit smaller today, given that the Strong National Museum of Play announced its National Center for the History of Electronic...

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Gamers are as guilty as any other crowd when it comes to obsessively hoarding anything related to their interests. However, pretty much everyone's game collection looks a bit smaller today, given that the Strong National Museum of Play announced its National Center for the History of Electronic Games collection. The 15,000-piece collection features every major gaming console manufactured since 1972, ranging from the Magnavox Odyssey to the Nintendo Wii, as well as more than 100 handheld devices.

According to Strong National Museum of Play representatives, the collection includes more than just hardware and software, extending into the realms of "packaging, advertising, publications, electronic-game-inspired consumer products, literary and popular inspirations of electronic-games imagery, historical records, personal and business papers, and other associated artifacts." The exhibit also includes 10,000 games, from Atari Space Invaders to Wii Sports.

"Electronic games are not only changing the way we play; they are having a profound effect on the way we learn and the way we interact with each other," said museum president and CEO G. Rollie Adams. "Because Strong National Museum of Play is dedicated to exploring the role of play in American life, we are especially interested in the growing impact that electronic games have on it. The National Center for the History of Electronic Games is the museum's mechanism for collecting games and related artifacts and documentation; and for interpreting them through exhibits, publications, and other means."

The National Center for the History of Electronic Games collection is housed at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. More information on the museum is available through its Web site.

Discussion

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muffinduck01
muffinduck01

I hope they take it on the road and bring it to the Baltimore/ D.C. area. That'd be sweeeeeeet

GamerforChrist
GamerforChrist

That's freaking sweet. I hate that its not in California. But its still pretty awesome.

jp_at_NCHEG
jp_at_NCHEG

This is J.P. from the National Center for the History of Electronic Games (NCHEG). Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the Center. We're really excited about it. It seems that there’s a bit of confusion regarding access to the Center. Most of the collections are currently accessible only to scholars for research purposes. NCHEG is in the process of developing a major 15,000-foot exhibit on the history of electronic games scheduled to open to the public in 2012. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop with our progress. Meanwhile, NCHEG displays electronic games and related material in a variety of ways at Strong National Museum of Play. Guests can play some video games, past and present, and see interpretive displays charting the history of electronic games and their impact on American life. From May 30 through November 1, 2009, Strong National Museum of Play will be hosting Videotopia, a traveling exhibit from the Electronics Conservancy. It features around one hundred original arcade video games, from the earliest machines like Pong and Computer Space through the first to utilize microprocessors, ROM chips, and 3-D graphics to today’s simulator games. So, if you want to visit us, I’d recommend that you plan your visit to Rochester during the run of Videotopia. It will be a great chance to play some fabulous games that are pretty rare these days.

Crazy_Guns
Crazy_Guns

Awww, too far from me. Would love to see this place! Kudos to the people who made it work. =)

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

i think gaming can now be classified as a religion since it now has a place of worship :) i might start saving up to go here in my 3rd year of university, sounds lke a pilgrimage of exploration.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I've just found my new Mecca, did E3 a few times, def going to do this now.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Paradise. Too bad you probably can't play any of those 10000 games.

vengeance00
vengeance00

"Electronic games are not only changing the way we play; they are having a profound effect on the way we learn and the way we interact with each other," right there, video games taught me that red barrels explode. i never go near one :D but yeah nice to see some positive news about video gaming.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

I f I could afford a trip to New York, I would definitely like to visit this exhibit.

Link_Destined_1
Link_Destined_1

Heh, not surprising, considering the Rochester Institute of Technology is just a hop, skip and a jump away.

-Inertia
-Inertia

Great idea (: Im UK'er will probably never see this but (y) Good luck to them

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Why can't anything like this happen in Louisiana?

driton
driton

I sure would like to visit this museum one day. It might be an awesome experience for me! To bad it's too far away :-(

simonsworld
simonsworld

if only i lived in america,its about time the industry got some recongistion it needs, it like a religoues temple type convention, for the geeky and quirky eat ya heart out star trek fans! :p

nexg3n360
nexg3n360

I feel incredibly lucky that Rochester is only 1 hour away. I cant wait to go.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

sweet. I hope to visit New York in 2009 or 2010, so maybe I'll get to check it out fairly soon.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

wow. ill visit that museum one day. hopefully this becomes something bigger in the near future

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

This is by far the biggest tribute in my opinion to the gamers and the games and whole of gaming community !!! Thumbs Up for this :)

isaacmj
isaacmj

Maybe they have a playable copy of E.T. the extraterrestrial. That would be sweet

Sambone757
Sambone757

oh gawd D: old memories of the gamecom and jaguar are coming back to haunt me... Still, glad someone finally did this

mesc420
mesc420

I've been wondering WTH ever happened to my Atari Lynx!

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

My 730 games now feels a paltry amount :(

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Wow that's pretty incredible! I would love to see their collection XD

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

@everlong12 I agree with you and I think this WILL become a pilgrimage for gamers all over! everything else has its Hall Of Fame now its time video games get their due!

everlong12
everlong12

I'm going soon. I don't live to far from Rochester...I must make this pilgrimage!

LeoGoBezerk
LeoGoBezerk

All this things reminds me of very strange and complicated cartridge for sega mega drive - Sonic 3 with a port for another cartridge - Sonic & Knuckles - it was amazing. Especially that how it was difficult to get one in my home country. Nice idea. I'll probably check this one if I'll have any opportunity.

xeromus
xeromus

I'm a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, I've been to this museum before, but I'm surprised they have an exhibit like this one, I think I might have to go check this one out.

lilmp89
lilmp89

I hope they have incredibly high security for such an awesome collection =) *adds to his another place to his bucket list...

Killian68
Killian68

so this is the museum where Cartman got his Nintendo Wii in the future!

Dr_Notes
Dr_Notes

sounds pretty neato. and informative

charma
charma

Some of my best gaming experiences are on their now museum pieces.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Hot DAMN that's easily the coolest museum idea i've ever heard of.

crix3
crix3

screw robbing a museum for a diamond or painting, hit this up next time

Bart247
Bart247

Oh hell yeah. I should go there someday.

stanley4u
stanley4u

sweet in my hometown of rochester. good, now i have somethin to look forward to lookin at other than the bums on the streets!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

It was only a matter of time... I'm still steaming because my parents threw away their Magnavox Odyssey.

AstroChimp83
AstroChimp83

I was wondering when someone would do this. Not sure I would actually go (as much as my inner geek wants to)... but I'll definitely support it opening up!