Why do we need a Digital Game Museum?
Between the days of games on mainframe computers and the takeover by the DVD, games had wonderful packaging that reflected the creativity of both the game developers and the marketing people. We want to preserve these materials as well as the games. The magazines, the games themselves, the advertising – all are in danger of being lost. Since the game industry is now the largest entertainment industry (opinions vary, but in terms of dollars to the economy, games have surpassed films by some measures), we feel that this is an important part of our culture and needs to be preserved, studied, and eventually, understood.
Where is your building?
We’re wondering the same thing ourselves! First, a museum is a collection. Right now we are building our collection (what’s in your attic/garage/basement that you’d like to donate?), meeting the public at events like Maker Faire, PAX Prime, and others, and placing small exhibits in interesting places. We’re also planning work on an education initiative that will go directly to the schools.
Is that all you’ve got? Game boxes?
No! We have Amiga computers and games, joysticks, consoles, an arcade game, books, magazines, source code, a few older computers running obsolete OS’s, t-shirts and sweatshirts, buttons, curious IO devices, advertising materials – and then some. Some of our collection is online, and there’s lots more to come. No pictures yet – want to be our photographer?
Got more questions? Ask us! We appreciate your interest and encouragement. We’d REALLY appreciate your support. Become an Early Adopter member and tell your friends. We can’t build a museum without you!
Judith Haemmerle, Director
The digital game museum is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation. Your donations are tax deductible.