Christopher Mims

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Museum Lets You Play Just About Every Video Game Ever

Paris’s Museum of Arts and Trades has put together a comprehensive playable video game exhibit. Help us name some mystery consoles.

  • October 27, 2010

MuseoGames is as comprehensive a history of home video game consoles as any museum has ever created. Visitors to Paris’s Museum of Arts and Trades are treated to a collection of video games so extensive that all but the most hardcore gamer would be hard-pressed to identify them all. They stretch from the birth of Pong in the 1970s through the heyday of console gaming and end with the PS2.

The exhibit also includes interviews with many of the developers responsible for these early gems–all of them overdubbed in French, unfortunately, so I hope you’ve been brushing up.

For those of you who can’t afford to jet off to Paris for a weekend between now and November 7th, the gallery that follows will have to suffice. (All images courtesy Musée des arts et métiers.)

The main exhibit hall of MuseuoGames features vintage,
playable video game systems and games
The walls of the main exhibit hall project videos of
additional gaming classsics
The Sega Saturn, the PowerGlove and more…
(It’s a Where’s Waldo of childhood memories)
A very old Sega Console–The Master System
On the right: Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker game.
Another shot of the PowerGlove.
Can you identify the robot in the image?
Can anyone identify the Apple on the right?
Another mystery console. Do you know what it is?
A Colecovision console.
Neo Geo arcade console: “1 Play, 100 yen”.

Bonus: Gizmodo.fr has a large-size version of the Museogames pixel art poster (click through on the thumbnail.)

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