Microsoft Donation to International Center for the History of Electronic Games
July 26, 2011
For Immediate Release
Microsoft Donation to
the International Center for the History of Electronic Games®
Documents Innovations in Gaming
ROCHESTER, New York—The Microsoft Collection, comprised of hundreds of items documenting the company’s innovative gaming history, has been donated by the Microsoft Corp. to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) at The Strong® in Rochester, New York. The collection, which includes several rare and significant prototypes, will be available to researchers. A number of the artifacts are on public display at The Strong’s National Museum of Play®.
“ICHEG is delighted to collaborate with Microsoft to help preserve the company’s gaming history and bring attention to its extraordinary contributions to shaping the world of video games,” says ICHEG’s Director Jon-Paul Dyson. “From the first games for Windows to innovative products for Xbox 360, Microsoft has changed and continues to change the face of gaming.”
A transformative force in the video game market, Microsoft has sold billions of dollars worth of product. The company has been a key innovator, shaping the use of the PC as a games platform, creating key games, advancing the technological development of console gaming through Xbox and Xbox 360, and leading the development of online gaming communities through the successful establishment of Xbox LIVE.
Among the items in the Microsoft Collection are games for the PC, Xbox, and Xbox 360 as well as controllers, hardware, accessories, game-related merchandise, awards given to Microsoft, and promotional items. The most rare and significant items include prototypes of Xbox 360, Kinect for Xbox 360, and an Xbox LIVE Starter Beta Kit.
“We are proud of the role we’ve played in the evolution and innovation of the gaming industry and are excited to showcase our history of interactive entertainment products and services at ICHEG,” said David Hufford, senior director at Xbox.
The International Center for the History of Electronic Games collects, studies, and interprets video games and other electronic games and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other. ICHEG holds the largest and most comprehensive public collection of video and other electronic games and game-related historical materials in the United States and one of the largest in the world. ICHEG’s collection includes more than 26,000 video games, systems, and related materials that illustrate how the games have been conceived, developed, sold, and used. These materials include packaging, advertising, publications, electronic game inspired consumer products, literary and popular inspirations of electronic game imagery, personal and business papers, and other associated artifacts and documents that represent or illustrate the impact of electronic games on people’s lives.
Learn more about ICHEG at www.icheg.org.