1UP Donates Computer Gaming World Collection to ICHEG

International Center for the History of Electronic Games News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 • museumofplay.org

February 8, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org

1UP Donates Computer Gaming World Collection to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games®


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ROCHESTER, NEW YORK—1UP, one of the premier video game news and review sites, has donated a major collection of Computer Gaming World magazines, computer games, and videotapes representing the evolution of computer games over the past three decades to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) at The Strong® in Rochester, New York.

“The Computer Gaming World Collection is like a window into the adolescent years of computer gaming history,” says ICHEG’s director Jon-Paul Dyson. “The magazine acted like a town square, bringing game developers and users together; and, in the process, spurring innovation in the development of new types of computer games.”

Included in the Computer Gaming World Collection:

  • Computer Gaming World’s official archive, comprised of more than 100 issues of the magazine, from volume 2 in 1982 through the last issue in 2006 when it became Games for Windows. Computer Gaming World was one of the most important magazines in the industry; issues in the donation include articles by game pioneers, such as Dan Bunten, Chris Crawford, and Dave Arneson. 
  • 1,037 personal computer games, many in their original packaging, received over the years by Computer Gaming World for possible review in the magazine. The donation includes many of the most important computer games from the 1980s through the 2000s, among them Microsoft Flight Simulator, Night Trap, Bungie’s Marathon, the first John Madden game, Sid Meier’s Pirates, and many other significant games.

Frank Cifaldi, senior editor for 1UP Games, says “Computer Gaming World was the quintessential PC gaming magazine in the U.S. for over two decades, and we are proud to see its legacy preserved in the proper museum environment that it deserves. It was fun having all these wonderful pieces of history in the office for our staff to enjoy, but we were doing the world a disservice by keeping these to ourselves. It is our hope that this donation will encourage others with similar collections to do the right thing and give these treasures a good, permanent home.”

 The ternational Center for the History of Electronic Games in Rochester, New York, 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, including across boundaries of culture and geography. 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 25,000 electronic games, platforms, 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.

In addition to its research collections, ICHEG’s eGameRevolution, an original, highly interactive exhibit on the history of electronic games is now on view at The Strong’s National Museum of Play®. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit—the only one of its kind in the nation—follows the history of video games from pioneer Ralph Baer’s first Brown Box games to today’s high tech Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii games. Guests are invited to enter a recreated, old-fashioned video arcade featuring operating historic video games; visit emulator stations around the gallery; challenge themselves to more than 40 classic and contemporary PC and console games; and view rare and unique artifacts from the history of video games.  Learn more about ICHEG at www.icheg.org.

1UP (www.1UP.com) serves gamers with expert editorial, user-generated blogs, crowd-sourced cheats and a full set of social media tools that connect editors, game developers and users into a passionate community. Based in San Francisco, 1UP is owned by UGO Entertainment, the digital entertainment and lifestyle network that operates websites reaching 40 million visitors each month. UGO Entertainment is wholly owned by Hearst Interactive Media (www.hearstinteractivemedia.com), a unit of Hearst Corporation.