The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles may be known as the place to get a first look at upcoming games and the latest gaming technology, but this year it will also offer a look back in interactive entertainment history. To commemorate E3′s 10th anniversary, Intellivision Prods. has joined forces with the organizers of the Classic Gaming Expo (CGE) in creating a multimedia, interactive museum dubbed “The History of Video Games.”
The 2,000-square ft. museum will be open to all E3 attendees from May 12-14. Blue Sky Rangers, Intellivision’s original programmers who created such classic games as Astrosmash, Space Armada, and Night Stalker, will be on hand to speak about the early days of the video game industry and their involvement in the revolution.
As publishers push their latest offerings for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Gamecube, attendees can see where it all started, beginning with the Magnavox Odyssey, the first-ever home video game system. Also on display will be early 1980s consoles such as the Atari 2600, Intellivision and Colecovision. Visitors will be able to play nearly every video game system and their respective game collections, experiencing classic gameplay in an ’8s-style living room.
“Intellivision is extremely excited and proud to be the sponsor of the ‘History of Video Games’ museum,” says Intellivision Prods. Inc. president/co-founder Keith Robinson, an original game programmer for Intellivision. “The guys at the Classic Gaming Expo have a deep affection for the history and the games that started it all and have always been a strong supporter of Intellivision Prods. We are thrilled to give attendees the opportunity to learn how this whole video game craziness started, as well as give them the opportunity to play the original games that are now the forefathers to the ones they play on today’s consoles.”
In addition to the home gaming consoles, museum visitors will get a chance to play more than 30 classic stand-up arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man and Tempest. PC gamers can also get in touch with their roots by tooling around with pioneering home computer systems such as the Apple II and Commodore 64.
The “History of Video Games” museum will be located in Kentia Hall at L.A.’s Staples Center and will be open all three days of the E3 Expo, May 12-14.