Posted tagged ‘museum’

The arcade presence at the "It's All Fun and Games" exhibition in Bradford, UK

July 8, 2010

The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK has a relatively new exhibit on display known as The Games Lounge. As the name implies, it is an exhibit which features video games which in addition to the Tetris-shaped furniture, has a number of arcade titles on display. Arcade Heroes contributor Kieranmay was there with his camera to give us an in-depth look at the exhibit, which you can check out below. You can also visit the museum’s website here.

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The arcade presence at the “It’s All Fun and Games” exhibition in Bradford, UK

July 8, 2010

The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK has a relatively new exhibit on display known as The Games Lounge. As the name implies, it is an exhibit which features video games which in addition to the Tetris-shaped furniture, has a number of arcade titles on display. Arcade Heroes contributor Kieranmay was there with his camera to give us an in-depth look at the exhibit, which you can check out below. You can also visit the museum’s website here.

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New video game exhibit opening at the Strong National Museum of Play in November

June 19, 2010

From the ICHEG storeroom (Photo: Christopher Wahl)

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We have covered the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY before. They are certainly a kind of museum gamers can get behind as they are home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. Their store house holds over 20,000 gaming items, including arcades in huge numbers, spanning from Computer Space to at least Guitar Hero Arcade. The museum has been home to arcade-related exhibits before, including the Videotopia exhibit last year. Also when they aren’t running specific arcade exhibits, they have playable games on hand that you can check out as part of the overall experience. According to a new piece on Wired.com, it looks like they will have another exhibit to feature arcade games (among others) as they are currently working on a project to assemble the best gaming has had to offer (which naturally should include more than a few coin-ops). Beyond that details are still scant but I am certain that we will find out more around November.

[Via Wired.com] [International Center for the History of Electronic Games website]

French player group working to build a classic game museum

September 22, 2009

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With nostalgia for classic games stronger than ever, what better way to satisfy the need to play such games than with a museum built in their honor? In France, a group of gamers are working to do just that, as they go through the hoops to build a retro gaming museum in that country. Now that games have nearly 40 years of history behind them it certainly makes it easy to cater to players who feel such nostalgia and you can bet that arcades will play a role in that mix. The effort is still in it’s infancy so it will be a while before it will come to fruition but we are eager to see what they will put together for such a museum.

More details can be found at the link below

[Via AFP] [Discuss on the Forums]

A look at the not-yet-opened Aussie Pinball Museum

July 18, 2009

Ah museums. Some are boring and dull, some are exciting and fun. Of course that is relative according to your interests, but for me, the museum where you can go and actually interact with displays or do something more than just stare at artifacts behind glass is the kind of museum I would visit. A pinball museum is just that kind of place and some enterprising individuals in the great land of Australia are working on bringing just that kind of place to the Gold Coast. AusPinballMusem_header

JustOneMoreGame has a post featuring the first pictures from the new museum, named the Aussie Pinball Museum which currently does not have a projected opening date as they tackle permits and game restorations. When it is complete however, they are promising to offer around 1500 machines for the public to come in and play, which will make it one of the larger museums for pinball in the world (although I am not sure if it will be the largest or not). In case you are curious to see what they have so far, check it out by clicking on the link below.

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The Museum of Soviet Arcade machines

June 23, 2009

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A long while back, I recall a story showing up on the blogs where someone had come across several arcade games that had been made in the Soviet Union back in the late 70′s/early 80′s. As these were developed behind the Iron Curtain, knowledge about these titles didn’t spread very far but it’s interesting to see how the explosive growth of arcade gaming at the time affected even the USSR. From the looks of it the graphical capabilities of these machines seem to be on par with some early Atari 2600 games and the games themselves seemed to borrow from elements found in many western games although they did not seem to many produce bootlegs of titles that we all know so well, except for one title that looks a lot like Midway’s Sea Raider (1969). Apparently these games were made in secret military factories and have mostly been forgotten even in Russia but one group is collecting and restoring the machines, where you can know see them via the online Musuem of Soviet Arcade machines. You can even play the games in Flash on the site in case you are curious to see how they play. For more, visit the links below.

[The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines] [English page] [Technabob] [Discuss on the Forums]

New arcade museum exhibit to open on May 30th in New York (updated)

May 14, 2009

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(thanks to Susan Trien for the corrections)

While the idea of a museum exhibit dedicated to arcade history isn’t exactly new, it’s always cool to see one setup. On May 30th, a new exhibit dedicated to arcade history will openvideotopia up at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York called Videotopia, and it will be open until November 1st this year. The exhibit is an international traveling show from The Electronics Conservancy. It will function a lot like a standard arcade – you can purchase tokens for 25¢ to be able to play the games, of which they will have 100+ to choose from. On top of that the museum will have kiosks and interactive displays to teach visitors about the history of video games. To get in there is the admission fee for the museum and they will sell Gamers Admission Passes that will allow for unlimited admission to the exhibit through it’s duration.

One interesting feature they will have is that people can win tokens by answering game history trivia questions at “Power Up” stations located throughout the complex. The exhibit will feature more than just classic games (which arcade museums generally tend to focus on) as it will have games all the way up to modern times. They also separate games by manufacturer, year made and hardware used. They naturally have Computer Space and Pong and they even have some rarities such as Sega’s Time Traveler (which you can see in the lower right area of the picture above).

[Via Gamasutra] [Strong National Museum of Play] [Discuss on the Forums]

UK to get it's first pinball museum on May 23rd – The Pinball Parlour

May 9, 2009

When I generally think of museums, I don’t always think of them as being terribly exciting (albeit they can be fascinating) but when it comes to museums based upon games, they pinparlourcan be both fascinating and exciting. I know of a few game based museums around the world and sometimes they include items one would have found in an arcade or bar at one time, both in coin-op video games and pinball. There is a pinball museum in Las Vegas and now the UK is going to get one when The Pinball Parlour opens in Ramsgate on May 23rd. They will have over 30 machines available to play ranging from games made in the 50s all the way up to modern times.  There will be some rare items at the location although the news article I’m linking to where this is coming from didn’t say what they have as far as rarities go. Either way if you live in the area be sure to check it out, they even have a small café there and host birthday parties.I hope it works out well for the owners, any venture like this carries with it some risk but in the end hopefully they can make some new fans for pinball once they get a taste for it.

[Via Your Thanet News] [Discuss on the Forums]

UK to get it’s first pinball museum on May 23rd – The Pinball Parlour

May 9, 2009

When I generally think of museums, I don’t always think of them as being terribly exciting (albeit they can be fascinating) but when it comes to museums based upon games, they pinparlourcan be both fascinating and exciting. I know of a few game based museums around the world and sometimes they include items one would have found in an arcade or bar at one time, both in coin-op video games and pinball. There is a pinball museum in Las Vegas and now the UK is going to get one when The Pinball Parlour opens in Ramsgate on May 23rd. They will have over 30 machines available to play ranging from games made in the 50s all the way up to modern times.  There will be some rare items at the location although the news article I’m linking to where this is coming from didn’t say what they have as far as rarities go. Either way if you live in the area be sure to check it out, they even have a small café there and host birthday parties.I hope it works out well for the owners, any venture like this carries with it some risk but in the end hopefully they can make some new fans for pinball once they get a taste for it.

[Via Your Thanet News] [Discuss on the Forums]


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