Electronic Games

Installing Ralph Baer's Desk at The Strong

Baer Desk 1 - behind glassMuseums have long memorialized genius. While art museums preserve great paintings and sculptures, history museums collect and preserve a wide-ranging record of the ways individuals, groups, and companies have shaped our society.

Pinball Matters

PinballPlayfieldsEX-SternClusterAs I stood outside The Strong’s new permanent Pinball Playfields exhibit, I couldn’t help but see and overhear our guests’ reactions to the flashing lights and distinct pops and thumps of the pinball machines.

Atari Packaging Design Collection Documents the Art of Selling Video Games

Artist Cliff Spohn’s original package cover artwork for Atari’s Surround (1977), Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, NY.The Strong has acquired a collection of more than 2,000 drawings, photographs, mock-ups, proofs, and other materials related to the design and production of Atari home and handheld game packag

I Want YOU (to Test Your Grip): Uncle Sam as Arcade Icon

Stern Pinball’s recent announcement of a new line of KISS pinball machines “honoring one of the most influential and iconic rock bands of all time,” reminded me how frequently today’s coin-operated amusement games center on licensed brands, revered characters, and cultural icons.

Remembering Ralph

I lost a friend this past weekend.Ralph Baer I first got to know Ralph Baer a little over seven years ago when he reached out to us at The Strong to see if we might be interested in preserving materials documenting his lifework.