International Center for the History of Electronic Games

International Center for the History of Electronic Games ICHEG has the world's largest museum collection of video games and related materials, at more than 60,000 items and growing. ICHEG collects, studies, and interprets electronic games and related materials and the ways in which they change how people play, learn, and connect with each other.

ICHEG is located at The Strong in Rochester, New York. The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play. The Strong is also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. The Strong explores play and the ways in which it encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.

While we often talk about the classic games in the collection, we also have many new games for guests to enjoy. What rac...
08/11/2020

While we often talk about the classic games in the collection, we also have many new games for guests to enjoy. What racing game is in this image?

The CD-ROM revolutionized how we play video games. No game better took advantage of the then-new technology than Myst, a...
08/06/2020
The Myst Documentary

The CD-ROM revolutionized how we play video games. No game better took advantage of the then-new technology than Myst, as the game went on to become one of the best selling games of all time. The Myst Documentary on Kickstarter looks like it will be one for the Ages, including interviews with Rand and Robyn Miller, creators of the series, so we can't wait to see it!

How two brothers created a video game and forever changed the world of art and immersive entertainment.

While much of our over 60,000 electronic game related object are the games themselves, a growing part of the collection ...
08/04/2020

While much of our over 60,000 electronic game related object are the games themselves, a growing part of the collection is the supporting materials that can help us understand how games are made. These 1993 Apple Developer CDs give valuable insight into the Apple platform, and can be quite fun to see!

Matt Leone explores the history of the first Street Fighter game, which includes a concept image of the cabinet which fe...
07/31/2020
Street Fighter 1: An oral history

Matt Leone explores the history of the first Street Fighter game, which includes a concept image of the cabinet which features pressure sensitive buttons from The Strong Museum's Atari Coin-Op Division Corporate Records.

We kick off a series of Street Fighter history stories with a behind-the-scenes look at the game that started it all

Jerry Lawson changed the way the world plays video games. As one of the first African American engineers in electronics,...
07/28/2020
Jerry Lawson Forever Changed the Video Game Industry

Jerry Lawson changed the way the world plays video games. As one of the first African American engineers in electronics, Lawson, along with Fairchild engineers Nick Talesfore and Ron Smith, made it possible for consumers to play a wide variety of video games at home through programmable cartridges on the Fairchild Channel F console.

Tara Yarlagadda's new article explores Jerry Lawson's impact, with background provided by The Strong's Jeremy Saucier, Assistant Vice President for Electronic Games and Interpretation. The Strong is honored to preserve Lawson's groundbreaking work in the Gerald A. “Jerry” Lawson Collection.

If you're a gamer, you've got Jerry Lawson to thank for inventing the first commercial home video game console with interchangeable game cartridges.

Did you know that The Strong Museum has over 7,000 Japanese video games, including games from SEGA, Nintendo, and NEC? W...
07/27/2020

Did you know that The Strong Museum has over 7,000 Japanese video games, including games from SEGA, Nintendo, and NEC? What game would be first on your list to try?

Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase kicks off today at 12 PM ET today. Any last minute hopes or predictions?
07/23/2020

Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase kicks off today at 12 PM ET today. Any last minute hopes or predictions?

Nintendo's Virtual Boy first released in Japan 25 years ago on July 21, 1995. While the device found limited success, mu...
07/21/2020

Nintendo's Virtual Boy first released in Japan 25 years ago on July 21, 1995. While the device found limited success, multiple games, including Wario Land and Jack Bros, have stood the test of time. Have you played the Virtual Boy, and if so, what did you think?

SEGA's 1998 classic Star Wars Trilogy Arcade has found its spot next to its newer incarnation in our eGameRevolution exh...
07/16/2020

SEGA's 1998 classic Star Wars Trilogy Arcade has found its spot next to its newer incarnation in our eGameRevolution exhibit!

Sony's PlayStation 5 console will be launching with two models: one with a Blu-ray drive, and the other without. If you ...
07/14/2020

Sony's PlayStation 5 console will be launching with two models: one with a Blu-ray drive, and the other without.

If you plan to pick up a PS5 this year, which do you plan to get? If not, what 2020 games are you looking forward to?

One of the challenges of preserving PC games begins with choosing what parts you want to use. Do you need a 3D graphics ...
07/09/2020

One of the challenges of preserving PC games begins with choosing what parts you want to use. Do you need a 3D graphics accelerator and, if so, which do you choose? How about the choice of sound card?

What is your favorite PC upgrade of all time? Let us know!

Today is International Joke Day! What's your favorite video game-related joke? We'll start with one about one of our new...
07/01/2020

Today is International Joke Day! What's your favorite video game-related joke?

We'll start with one about one of our newest inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame: Minecraft!

Martin just unpacked this whitewood prototype pinball playfield. Can you identify the game???
06/30/2020

Martin just unpacked this whitewood prototype pinball playfield. Can you identify the game???

Andrew finds the best digital Easter eggs! Check out this awesome (terrifying???) comparison of a prototype Sega Genesis...
06/29/2020

Andrew finds the best digital Easter eggs! Check out this awesome (terrifying???) comparison of a prototype Sega Genesis build of the early Ms Pac Man title screen, prior to it being changed for the better.

Check out what Shannon is cataloging today! Who has played on the Japanese-only NEC PC-FX console?
06/26/2020

Check out what Shannon is cataloging today! Who has played on the Japanese-only NEC PC-FX console?

The museum plans to re-open THIS SATURDAY as part of NY's Phase 4! We'll be welcoming members only from June 27 to July ...
06/25/2020

The museum plans to re-open THIS SATURDAY as part of NY's Phase 4! We'll be welcoming members only from June 27 to July 10, and adding non-members beginning July 11. Tickets will be timed, so reservations are a must! Learn more here: https://www.museumofplay.org/play-safe

The Strong will be open to members on Saturday as long as the Finger Lakes region remains on target to begin Phase 4 of its reopening plans! Here are important dates to keep in mind:
📅 June 27 to July 10: Museum is open to members only
📅 Beginning July 11: Museum is open to both members and non-members

As we reopen, you will notice some changes at the museum including limited capacity, timed tickets, and enhanced sanitation protocols. While the museum experience will be a bit different from the last time that you visited, one essential thing will remain the same: our mission to promote the importance of play, with its power to teach, spark imagination, and create joy.

Learn about our new procedures and helpful information for your next visit at museumofplay.org/play-safe.

Interested in becoming a member? Join today at museumofplay.org/membership.

Poland just put a video game on its national school reading list. This War of Mine, by 11 bit studios, focuses not on fi...
06/24/2020
Poland puts computer game "This War of Mine" on school reading list

Poland just put a video game on its national school reading list. This War of Mine, by 11 bit studios, focuses not on fighting, but on the impact war has on the civilians living through it. We're proud to have received a donation from 11 bit studios - including several copies of This War of Mine and its board game version - in 2019.

While computer games are often used in education, Poland may be the first country to put one on the reading list for children in schools.

Happy 29th anniversary to Sonic the Hedgehog! When we inducted Sonic into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, Sega sent u...
06/23/2020

Happy 29th anniversary to Sonic the Hedgehog! When we inducted Sonic into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, Sega sent us this awesome custom drawing to celebrate! (L-->R: Executive Producer Takashi Iizuka, Creative Director Kazuyuki Hoshino, Chief Brand Officer Ivo Gerscovich) GOTTA GO FAST!!

06/22/2020
Off the Grid: Tron Evolution and DRM Authentication

Digital rights management (DRM) tools are part and parcel of the video game industry. They help protect software from piracy and illegal downloads. But sometimes, they negatively impact legal software as well. Check out Andrew Borman's latest blog on Tron Evolution! n

Digital rights management (DRM) tools have been used on software for decades. Companies install these protections to defend software from piracy or the unauthorized copying of the data. However, although designed with the best of intentions, DRM can have a negative effect on legally purchased softwa...

And we're live!! Come celebrate one of our newest World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees!!
06/20/2020

And we're live!! Come celebrate one of our newest World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees!!

Celebrate the induction of Minecraft into the World Video Game Hall of Fame by playing in a museum recreation in the game today through Friday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.! Explore two floors of the museum and take part in more than a dozen interactives for 90 minutes. Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefiting the museum and the National Esports Association’s inclusion efforts. Grab your ticket today at NEA.gg.

Are you ready for a Minecraft version of the museum?????
06/19/2020

Are you ready for a Minecraft version of the museum?????

Enjoy a special preview of the National Esports Association’s Minecraft Build Your Community initiative with The Strong’s Andrew Borman today at 1 p.m. on the museum’s Twitch page! Explore two floors of exhibit space, find out what interactives lay ahead, and learn how you can be a part of the fun starting tomorrow! Watch at twitch.tv/museumofplay.

And it's official! Welcome to our World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees for 2020: Bejeweled, Centipede, King's Quest, ...
06/18/2020

And it's official! Welcome to our World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees for 2020: Bejeweled, Centipede, King's Quest, and Minecraft!!

06/18/2020
The Strong Museum

Here we goooooo!!! World Video Game Hall of Fame 2020!!

And the 2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees are...

06/18/2020
The Strong Museum

T-minus two hours until the World Video Game Hall of Fame induction ceremony!!

It’s that time of year again! Tune in on Thursday, June 18 at 1 p.m. for the induction ceremony and find out which video games will join the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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This should be easy for all of you!!See you at 1pm for the induction!
06/18/2020

This should be easy for all of you!!

See you at 1pm for the induction!

QUESTION OF THE DAY:
“Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” is a nominee today for the Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong.
Which of these is a real variation of the Carmen Sandiego video game?

Where in Australia is Carmen Sandiego?
Where in Hawaii is Carmen Sandiego?
Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego?
Where in Blue Blazes is Carmen Sandiego?

**Answer at 6:55. Picture courtesy The Strong.

06/17/2020
The Strong Museum

Getting pumped for World Video Game Hall of Fame tomorrow? Check out our past inductees here!

Check out our past inductees! Tomorrow is the day, we find out which video games will join the World Video Game Hall of Fame. 🎮

Tune in at 1 p.m. for the induction ceremony!

It's finally time!! Which games will make it in to this year's World Video Game Hall of Fame? Join The Strong on our soc...
06/17/2020

It's finally time!! Which games will make it in to this year's World Video Game Hall of Fame? Join The Strong on our social media channels TOMORROW, June 18, at 1 p.m. EST for our first ever all-digital induction ceremony and see which games will make the cut!

Facebook: facebook.com/TheStrongMuseum
Instagram: @museumofplayroc
YouTube: www.youtube.com/MuseumofPlay

Time to get back to the Bingo game! Here's ICHEG's fourth row! - Handheld: Prototype of Mattel's Football from programme...
06/16/2020

Time to get back to the Bingo game! Here's ICHEG's fourth row!

- Handheld: Prototype of Mattel's Football from programmer/designer Mark Lesser
- Microsoft game: Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Toy: Sephiroth action figure
- Non-US/Japan game: Frostpunk: Edycja Wiktoriańska (Poland)
- First-Person Shooter: Wolfenstein 3D

Don't forget to submit your own here: https://www.facebook.com/ICHEG/photos/a.397345076011/10156891220131012/?type=3&theater

With Sony's PlayStation 5 set to be revealed at 4 p.m. EST, what are you hoping to see? Lots of rumors about Insomniac's...
06/11/2020

With Sony's PlayStation 5 set to be revealed at 4 p.m. EST, what are you hoping to see? Lots of rumors about Insomniac's next game going around, but perhaps something new from Square Enix? Let us know!

06/09/2020
Mario Medieval Odyssey (Steam Gardens/Wooded Kingdom Remix)

If you're looking for some awesome music and a laugh, check out this Medieval Mario Odyssey video!

"Sing to me the Odyssey of gallant Mario & fair Luigi” (sicketh drop at 1:25) - patreon.com/ljb0 for requests & support! Behold the Odyssey of Mario, sung to...

Ok friends, it's time for another game! Welcome to ICHEG Bingo! Look through your personal collection of games and try t...
06/09/2020

Ok friends, it's time for another game! Welcome to ICHEG Bingo! Look through your personal collection of games and try to get a bingo vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. If you're REALLY ambitious, go for a blackout and get every square! Post your photos in the comments and show us what you've got!

Over the next few days, we'll be showing off items from our own collection to get bingos, too!

Have fun!!

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I'm having trouble accessing the World Video Game Hall of Fame site, are you going under renovations or something?
Martin Reinhart, please PM me regarding coin operated history! Thanks
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