Atari by Design: From Concept to Creation Opens at the National Museum of Play in June

GauntletDesignSee the creative thinking behind the finished designs of some of the most popular video arcade games at Atari by Design: From Concept to Creation, a new display opening at the National Museum of Play at The Strong Saturday, June 22.

The display offers game enthusiasts a rare opportunity to delve into the development of GauntletStreet FighterGran Trak 10Red Baron, and Gotcha. Game cabinets are paired with displays of preliminary designs, drawings, and sketches that went into their creation as well as some of the fliers and advertising materials used to promote their sale. Several of the machines, including Street Fighter and Gauntlet, are available for play. The display is produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG). [Read more...]

“Father of Video Games” Donates Collection to The Strong

Ralph H. Baer, widely recognized as “the father of video games,” has donated an extensive collection—which documents four decades of his career in electronic game and toy design—to The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG). The Ralph H. Baer Papers (1960s–2009) include original diagrams, schematics, engineering notes, and patents.

The Papers document Baer’s major contribution to the development of commercial and educational electronic toys and games, in particular, his work with toy design firm Marvin Glass and Associates (1975–1982), video game pioneer Jay Smith III of Smith Engineering (1981–1987), and independent toy and game designer Phillip E. Orbanes (1987– 2001).

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