Updated 08/30/2011 05:00 AM
Tech Beat: Group works to create video game history museum
A group of gamers are looking to fortify their love of old-school virtual worlds with a physical, real world museum. Adam Balkin has more.
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Imagine one building filled with 20,000 sounds, images and artifacts that for many of adults older than 30 instantly bring back memories of childhood.
That building may soon exist and it will be called the Videogame History Museum.
"We want to have a place you can go to, so you can say to your kid 'look, this is what we used to do, this is how we used to play, it was actually on something you didn't download it, it didn't float into your house through your Ethernet,'" says Joseph Santulli, a key player in creating the museum.
Several years ago Santulli and two other men started the Classic Game Expo, an event dedicated to old-school video games held regularly out in Las Vegas.
They got the idea for the museum after seeing the popularity of a retro gaming exhibit they created for each expo.
Though the ultimate goal is an actual, physical museum in the San Jose, California region, organizers say a more immediate goal is to centralize the collection to make a traveling museum.
"We're doing all of these trade shows and having a really difficult time finding the pieces of all these places that are scattered around," says Santulli. "We'd be able to take that centralized location of collections and bring it anywhere people wanted it to go."
The Videogame History Museum team says they have no timeline for breaking ground. It all depends on finding a space finding funding.
Incidentally, the non-profit is seeking donations, no matter how small, from gamers interested in supporting their effort.
Check out www.VGHMuseum.org for more information on the project and ways any interested can help out.