Video 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.

The 2016 Class for the World Video Game Hall of Fame

group grey 3 (jpeg)Anyone interested in the evolution of video games can learn a great deal by simply examining the history of the six newest inductees into The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame: The Oregon Trail, Space Invaders, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Sims, and Grand Theft Auto III.

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.

New Display Highlights the Worldwide Reach of Tetris

The Strong launched the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2015 to recognize individual electronic games of all types—arcade, conTetris (Mirrorsoft) disk in original packagingsole, computer, handheld, and mobile—that achieved iconic-status, longevity, influence, and geographical reach.

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

ICHEG, the RPO, and Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

As a child, I always enjoyed playing video games, but I never paid too much attention to the musical accompaniment in the background. It wasn’t until college that I first heard gaming music on its own. Prior to that, I simply enjoyed the music as background noise for games, or as musical cues that prompted me to “jump” or dodge an enemy.

Paul Sams Collection Showcases Influence and History of Blizzard Entertainment

WoW%20box%20coverPaul Sams, former Chief Operating Officer at the American video game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment, has donated a collection that traces the history of the company and highlights the importance of its games.

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