Sometimes, a delay is a good thing.
Wednesday’s final appointment was with Activision at 4, but the way everything had been scheduled, my date with Destiny ended up happening an hour later, leaving some time to explore the far reaches of the hall. Here is where most of the smaller vendors set up shop, lots of PC component makers are out here. The show floor resembles your average corporate expo back here. Until you come across buried treasure.
The Videogame History Museum is less a stodgy, marble building in a major city that too many folks ignore, but the collective efforts of founders John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli to collect and preserve gaming history, and display their findings whenever and wherever duty calls. What started as a couple of guys obsessed with collecting old games is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization traveling the country bringing gamers old and new back to their roots whenever needed. We’ll be here all day if I were to show the vast expanse of stuff they had laid out in their little area, but this being the calmer, news-less weekend, I figured now would be the time to show off the highlights in a gallery, and bring some of you folks back to hallowed digital antiquity and smile as much as I did.
Restoration/Collection projects like this are starting to pick up steam–my current hometown of Rochester has an ongoing classic video gaming exhibit at the Strong Museum of Play, in fact–and with the industry taking the next giant leap forward into pure digital, they’re becoming increasingly important. Hit them up at VGHMuseum.org to see where they’re going next, and donate. If you know some dude with an Atari Lynx, an unopened copy of Tengen’s Tetris port, or a Neo Geo CD just hanging out somewhere, here’s your chance to play Indiana Jones and tell them, honestly, that it belongs in a museum.
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