Inaugural World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

VideoGameHallOfFameThe games in the inaugural class of The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general. Pong, Pac-Man, Tetris, Super Mario Bros., DOOM, and World of Warcraft have been selected from a field of 15 finalists that also included Angry Birds, FIFA, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pokémon, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Space Invaders. [Read more...]

The Strong and Ritsumeikan University Partner for the Study of Video Game History

the strong, museumofplay logoThe Strong (home of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and the World Video Game Hall of Fame) and the Center for Games Studies and Art Research at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, have entered into a collaborative partnership on the study of video game history and on efforts to preserve video games. For their first effort, the museum and the university will develop an exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System, slated to open at The Strong later this fall.

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World Video Game Hall of Fame Reveals 15 Finalists

the strong, museumofplay logoThe Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, today announced the 15 finalists for induction into the hall. They are: Angry Birds, Doom, FIFA, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pokémon, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.

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The Strong and Spin Master Partner on Museum Exhibit

spin masterThe Strong and Spin Master are collaborating on a collection of archival materials related to the history of Spin Master. The Strong will be the sole repository for Spin Master’s collections, including toys and other artifacts of play produced by the company over time. The two organizations will also explore creating interactive exhibit experiences based around one or more of Spin Master’s products or brands. [Read more...]

Bruce S. Raiffe Elected to National Museum of Play Board of Trustees

BruceRaiffeThe Strong, aka the National Museum of Play, has elected Bruce S. Raiffe to its board of trustees. Raiffe, who is president of Gund Inc., has nearly 40 years of experience in the toy industry.

Raiffe intends to use his position on The Strong’s board to share his passion for soft toys, and to spread awareness of the museum’s research and academics.

2014 National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed

American-girlThe 12 finalists for induction into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame this year include American Girl dolls, My Little Pony, Rubik’s Cube, and more.

Here is the full list of finalists:

The Hall of Fame at The Strong museum in Rochester, N.Y., announced the finalists on Monday. A ceremony at The Strong on November 6 will reveal this year’s inductees.

Nominations Being Accepted for The Strong Museum

The Strong Museum’s National Toy Hall of Fame is taking nominations for favorite classic toys and games to be inducted this summer. Submissions are being accepted through July 31.

Since 1998, 53 classic toys and games have been inducted, including the game of chess and the rubber duck. The submissions are sifted through by an internal museum advisory committee made up of curators, educators, and historians. They discuss and decide which toys meet the criteria for induction. The traits they are looking for include icon status, longevity, discovery, and innovation.

The selected toys will be inducted on November 6 at a weekend long celebration at The Strong’s headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.

2013 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

NationalToyHallofFameThe game of chess joins the rubber duck as honored toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that included bubbles, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, Pac-Man, scooter, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

During the National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at The Strong in Rochester, N.Y., on November 7, cartoonist Leigh Rubin (Rubes) presented two original commemorative cartoons, which he created in honor of the newest toy hall honorees.

The Strong Receives Museums for America Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Strong has received a grant of $149,903 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Museums for America Program to assist the ongoing transformation of The Strong’s second floor into an artifact-dense, interactive, interpretive exhibit titled America at Play. The Strong is one of 186 museums across the nation to be awarded the IMLS grant out of 707 that applied for funding.

Rich in objects from The Strong’s world-renowned collections, and complemented by hands-on activities, America at Play features four complementary, thematic zones that will tell the story of the way that play has changed, stayed the same, and affects us all—adults and children alike. The exhibit represents the first historical overview of three centuries of play in America.

National Toy Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline July 31

nthofDo you have a favorite toy that deserves to join the ranks of Star Wars action figures, Tonka Trucks, Slinky, and other classic playthings in the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong? To nominate a classic toy, visit www.toyhalloffame.org/nominate or mail your selection to: National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607.  Submissions for nominations must be received by the museum by July 31.

On November 7, the National Toy Hall of Fame will reveal the identity of the newest toy inductees. The induction will be followed by a public weekend celebration November 9 and 10.

The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play. Criteria for induction include: Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations); Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play); and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design). A toy may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three. [Read more...]