The Museum of the Moving Image recently opened its newest exhibition in honor of the classic games, ranging from sports to fighting to driving and puzzle games. All of the playable games within the exhibit, “Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection,” are from 1971 and 1993.
“As the first museum to collect video games, we are excited to be presenting our collection of video arcade games, many of which have been newly restored,” said Carl Goodman, the Museum’s Executive Director. “This is an opportunity for the public to experience these classic games in their original form, for a limited time.”
The goal of the exhibit is to show how classic games laid the foundation for modern games and innovation. The oldest game featured is Computer Space, which was the first coin-operated video arcade game. Released in 1971 and created by Nolan Bushnell, the game didn’t fare too well. However, the $500 Bushnell earned allowed him to create the company, Atari. Bushnell and Allan Acorn ultimately created the ever popular Pong game in 1972, which quickly became a cultural phenomenon.
The exhibit will be on display until October 23 and will be located at the Changing Exhibitions Gallery. Museum visitors will be given four tokens as part of the admission price. Additional game tokens are sold four per dollar. Families with children aged six years and older can participate in the museum’s “Drop-in Studio: Game Room,” where families can animate classic arcade characters, make a mini arcade cabinet and more. The game room happens every Saturday through July 30 from noon to 5 p.m.
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