Museum of the Moving Image hosts retro arcade game exhibition



2016-07-14 13:55:10

Retro gamers rejoice! For the next few months, the Museum of the Moving Image is turning itself into New York's coolest video game arcade.

Visitors to the Arcade Classics exhibition will have the chance to play an array of historic retro games from the museum's own collection, which includes everything from Pong and Asteroids to Outrun and Mortal Kombat.

"As the first museum to collect video games, we are excited to be presenting our collection of video arcade games, many of which have been newly restored," said Carl Goodman, the Museum’s Executive Director.

"This is an opportunity for the public to experience these classic games in their original form, for a limited time."

The museum began assembling its pioneering collection in 1989, when it hosted Hot Circuits: A Video Arcade, the first museum exhibition of its kind.

Today the collection encompasses more than 400 artefacts, including arcade games, hand-held games and games consoles, along with the rarest and most important games produced over the past 45 years.

The exhibition's earliest game is Computer Space, created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney back in 1971. Although the game itself was a commercial failure, the pair used their meagre profits to found Atari, the company which changed the video games industry forever.

Elsewhere gamers will have the chance to test their skills on classics such as Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Frogger; sports games like Atari Football, NBA Jam and Track & Field; driving games such as Pole Position and Out Run; and influential fighting games from Karate Champ to Mortal Kombat.

Arcade Classics is now open, and runs at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, Queens until October 23.

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