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More Video Game Museums in Europe

Following the blog I wrote recently on video game preservation in Europe, readers sent me emails about a couple of other museums there. One is at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, which currently has a temporary exhibit on the history of video games. The other is the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games in Moscow. Let us know about your experiences with these or any other video game museums.

Taking Video Games Outdoors

As legendary game designers David Crane, Steven Cartright, and Garry Kitchen spoke at the recent Classic Gaming Expo, I couldn’t help but reminisce about some of my favorite Activision titles from the early 80s. As the first third-party developer in the video game industry, Activision released fascinating titles, such as Barnstorming, Keystone Kapers, and Kaboom!, for the Atari VCS. Crane’s classic platformer Pitfall! came to dominate my play experiences—both on the screen and off.

Three Themes of E3

Between individual meetings about our work here at ICHEG, I grabbed an opportunity to wander the E3 conference floor in LA. After interacting with the various displays, I concluded that this year's E3 encompassed three themes:

On the Road with Video Games

Last week, my husband and I took a road trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our drive took us through parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and over the course of our six and a half hour drive, we visited many of the convenient highway stops along the way. While stretching our legs at these rest stops, I happily discovered that the vast majority contained small video game arcades!

Video Game Sing Along, Anyone?

It's only natural that ICHEG be located in Rochester, a city with universities and colleges that attract students and academics from across the globe. One evening, while reminiscing with a few of them about childhood memories, a student from Portugal recalled the numerous occasions when he skipped religious studies to go to the arcade with change his mother had given him for an after-school snack. He would slip the coins into the slot of the Contra arcade game like he was feeding it communion. He loved the way the mechanical, fast-paced sounds burst from the screen.

Holiday Geek Gift List

Pac-Man CerealAlthough the electronic games of my youth have since evolved into something different, one thing has remained the same: savvy marketers continue to cash in on the popularity of electronic games through non-electronic merchandise. In addition, Internet storefronts allow innovative individuals to create and market their own electronic game-related products.

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

November 30, 2017

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

The Strong® Announces Winter Dates for the
Museum Mondays for Seniors, Expands Program

Meet history’s playful side during Museum Mondays for Seniors at The Strong museum this winter on select Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program for adults age 55 and older includes admission to the museum and one of two special experiences—a guided tour through one of the museum’s exhibits or admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. The Museum Mondays for Seniors winter dates are Mondays, January 8*, 22, and 29; February 5*, 12, and 26; and March 5*, 12, and 19.

On the first Museum Mondays offering of the month, a museum staff member is your guide through more than 300 years of American cultural history in a 20-minute tour of The Strong’s America at Play exhibit. Revisit your childhood as you get up close with some of America’s rarest and most iconic playthings. See the first handmade Monopoly set created by Charles Darrow, trace the impact of World War II on toys and see a Buddy L wrecker truck made entirely from wood, see the world’s largest Erector Set, and more. (*Dates when guided tour of America at Play is offered.)

On other Mondays, visit the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden—a lush, tropical environment where you may walk among hundreds of brilliantly colored, free-flying tropical and native butterflies. Be sure to visit the chrysalis case to see emerging butterflies.

Use your remaining time at the museum to dive into The Strong’s interactive exhibit spaces and discover how play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery. Explore three centuries of American history with model planes, boats, trucks, and planes in Build, Drive, Go, learn about the iconic toys inducted to the museum’s National Toy Hall of Fame, and marvel at cases filled with a variety of dolls, action figures, and stuffed animals in Play Pals.

Tickets for Museum Mondays for Seniors are $10 and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. This experience is for adults 55 and older. Photo ID is required. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

 

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Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Fees subject to change.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.

 

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