The National Videogame Museum (NVM) located inside the Frisco Discovery Center is the only museum in America dedicated to the history of the videogame industry, The NVM collection features more than 100,000 videogame consoles, games and artifacts from the past and present. This interactive museum brings to life science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) values by tapping into America’s enthusiasm for playing and creating videogames.
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“More than 20 installations, including:
Pixel Dreams: A 1980’s-inspired arcade full of timeless classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and more.
Giant Pong: Play the classic game Pong on the world’s largest home Pong console on a giant 15-foot TV replica from the 1970’s.
Head-to-Head Hall: A hall full of gaming stations where you can go head-to-head with friends, family or competitors in tournaments. Guests may find a set of game systems and games they’ve never seen before or find a tribute to their favorite game franchise played on 10 different systems. The hall takes advantage of NVM’s 12,000+ library of games and will be an ever-changing area of fun.
Gearbox behind the scenes: See the actual office of Randy Pitchford, founder of Gearbox Software and creator of the games Borderlands, Brothers in Arms and Duke Nukem Forever.
The Timeline of Consoles: Learn the stories and see artifacts from more than 50 past and present videogame consoles on a physical timeline.
Rarest artifacts: A collection of rare artifacts will be displayed including the only Sega Neptune prototype, the unreleased Barbie edition of the Nintendo Game Boy Pocket system, the Atari Mindlink controller (one of only two in the world), the ultra-rare RDI Halcyon laserdisc-based game console and the Nintendo World Championships cartridge from 1990.” – NVM
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go check it out. My thoughts on the museum are this….
If you are super interested in the history and nostalgia of retro gaming, this is the place for you. If you think this is a place to just go play a whole bunch of video games…this is not the museum you are looking for.
I personally thought it was cool to see and maybe learned a few things about the gaming history, however, I would have loved it if there were more playable classics. I think it would be much more interactive if there were a way to have systems set up where you could take on others in a game of Golden eye or mario kart 64, or be able to play super Mario brothers with the giant controllers they have setup for the console timeline. maybe a classic Halo lan party area?
All that being said, they do have a pretty decent selection of playable games, and the arcade definitely brought back some fond memories of my childhood days. It really shed light on how far we have come in the world of gaming and graphics.
I didn’t take photos of everything as I didn’t want to spoil the whole museum, but below are some photos to give you an idea of what to expect.