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National Video Game Museum in Frisco, Texas
If you love video games, especially classic video games like Atari, and happen to be in the North Dallas Texas area, plan a visit for the entire family to the National Video Game Museum. The museum is located at the Frisco Discovery Center in Frisco, Texas.
This interactive, hands-on museum is the only museum in North America that is dedicated to preserving the unique history of how video games were developed. The museum offers the public a way to not only view but sit down and play hundreds of... video games using consoles from the past and the present. There are over 100,000 video consoles and 12,000 games that are in the museum's collection. The museum includes over 25 years of historical documents and rare artifacts. Visitors should expect to spend 3-4 hours during their time at the museum.
Head to Head Hall, pictured in the photo, includes different video game consoles and games positioned in front of a beautiful hand-painted mural, which is a tribute to video game characters of past and present.
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Founders of the National Video Game Museum
Founders of the museum are video game collectors, Joe Santulli, Jon Hardie, and Sean Kelly. These long-term friends have been collecting artifacts and information about the video game history since the 1980's. They formed the Video Game Museum in 2009 and then began looking for a permanent home for their collection. The National Video Game Museum opened its doors inside the Frisco Discovery Center in April 2016.Continue to 3 of 19 below.
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Timeline of Consoles
When you enter the museum, first stop to take a family photo with Mario in front of the Timeline of Consoles. The timeline allows people to learn about and view 50 different video game consoles of past and present.Continue to 4 of 19 below.
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Pixel Dreams 1980's Arcade
Visitors to the museum receive 4 tokens to use inside the Pixel Dreams 1980's arcade with their admission fee. While listening to 1980's music, gamers of all ages will love playing iconic games like Burger Time, Asteroids, Centipede, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong Junior.
Each game requires 1 token to play. Additional tokens can be purchased for .25$ each.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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1980's Living Room at the National Video Game Museum
One of the highlights of the museum is sitting in the 1980's inspired living room and playing games with your children, in this case, a little father-son Burger Time. Parents will love sitting down with their children, sharing their own memories and creating new ones together.
Playing video games in the past is like riding an old bicycle. You might be a little rusty at first, but when you step up your game, your kids will have a little bit of a learning curve in order to catch up to the... competition.Continue to 6 of 19 below.
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Don't let the size of this television fool you. It looks small in the picture, but you'll love having a chance to play Pong against a friend or family member on a giant 15-foot television replica from the 1970's!Continue to 7 of 19 below.
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Video Game Museum Wall of Controllers
Do you remember all of the different types of controllers each video game system had? Reach out, touch, and push the buttons of dozens of different video game controllers for any video game system imaginable.Continue to 8 of 19 below.
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Birth of Online Gaming
Remember back to the dial-up modem days. Type in a command to take a photo and email it to a friend or family member at the terminal right next to it. Lights will blink showing kids how the message is sent to another computer. Make sure you pull the lever to listen to the familiar sound of the dial-up modem!Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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PC Gaming Options
What was your first PC video game system? Did you ever think you might be able to relive your childhood memories and actually play a pc game on a Coleco ADAM, IBM PC XT, TRS-80 COCO, Atari 800, Apple IIe or a Commodore 64? At the National Video Game Museum, there are many classic pc game setups visitors can actually play.Continue to 10 of 19 below.
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Vintage Atari Store Display
Were you an Atari fan? Kids and fans have been playing video games in stores for decades. Reminisce as you play real Atari games on a vintage Atari store display. Take a trip down memory lane by remembering all of the games you used to own and play with friends or by yourself.Continue to 11 of 19 below.
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1980's Toy Store
The National Video Game Museum includes a mock video game store. Do not just look inside, get behind the cash register, have your kids pick up one of the video games from the bin and pretend to buy one.
One of my favorite things to do in the store area is to look for the actual price tags that remain on the games. Not only will you see stores that no longer exist, but the prices of the video games will shock you.Continue to 12 of 19 below.
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1980's Bedroom at National Video Game Museum
Hang out in the replica of a popular 1980's bedroom. Look for the vintage, 1980's memorabilia like the Members Only jacket folded at the end of the bed, the Mogwai on the nightstand, a VCR, lava lamp, Rubik's cube, Pac Man sheets and the Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie posters. Do not forget to have a seat at the desk and play a game of the Nintendo classic, Super Mario Brothers.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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1980's Collectible Toys at National Video Game Museum
Not only can you play classic video games in the 1980's bedroom, but look around at the authentic 1980's toys and games. Pictionary, Dungeons and Dragons, ET, a Rubik's Cube and a boombox sit on the bookshelves.Continue to 14 of 19 below.
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Video Game Prototypes
Prototypes of early games are often sent to reviewers for feedback. The museum has a collection of game prototypes, some of which are rare games that were never even made and sold to consumers. This case is home to the Sega Neptune prototype. Aside from game prototypes, look around the museum for other prototypes, like the rare, never released pink, glittery Barbie edition Gameboy.Continue to 15 of 19 below.
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Game Creator Area at National Video Game Museum
As a tribute to kids and adults who like to invent, players can interact in the game creator area to play games such as Mario Paint and the current WiiU game favorite, Super Mario Maker. Minecraft fans will love a photo opportunity in front of the iconic Minecraft blocks.Continue to 16 of 19 below.
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Handheld Video Games at National Video Game Museum
Pull up a seat in the special handheld game section of the museum. Look inside the cases for handheld games that were your favorites. Pull up and seat and play classic handheld games like Pac-Man, Turtles, and Mrs. Pac-Man. The museum has many different games so you might find different games available during your trip.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Replica Office of Video Game Inventor Randy Pitchford from Gearbox
Randy Pitchford is a video game inventor, the founder of Gearbox and an advisory board member at the National Video Game Museum. Popular games Randy has worked to create include Borderlands, Brothers in Arms, and Duke Nukem Forever.
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"Easter Egg Games" at National Video Game Museum
Video game fans love "cheats" and all sorts of special hidden tricks and tools. There are entire books and websites helping gamers find different accessories and shortcuts. Video game enthusiasts will enjoy searching the museum for secret items as well.Continue to 19 of 19 below.
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Planning a Visit To the National Video Game Museum?
Visit the National Video Game Museum website in order to find out ticket prices and museum hours.
As many of these exhibits include classic arcade and video games specific consoles available for play could change and vary upon the time of your visit.
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