Who wants a vacation? I’ll go ahead and raise my hand. I’m not a huge traveler because I find the utmost comfort in my own bed and on my computer at home. However, a trip here and there is certainly nice. We are in the thick of Autumn at the moment. Which means some places in the upper United States are already getting snow. Me and snow, we don’t get along. I’ll brave it for a snowboarding trip, but other than that I’ll avoid it at all costs. Sing to me “Do you wanna build a snowman??” and I’ll flatly reply “no.” All I can envision in that scenario is cold fingers and a numb face.
What brought all that up is that the National Videogame Museum, which is located in Texas. Definitely a warmer place during winters, compared to other areas in the States. Specifically, it’s in Frisco, Texas, which is near Dallas. If you are a total video game nerd, and nearby, then you should check this place out.
What the National Videogame Museum is about is the history of video games and the video game industry. However, it’s not like a typical museum, where it’s all “no touchy.” Here they encourage interaction. They are gamers, after all, so they want you to experience the games they have yourself.
There are several gaming galleries in the museum. Timeline if Consoles is a fun one because who hasn’t loved a console at some point! They have information on over 50 consoles here, starting with the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey. This was the first commercial home console.
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What I find hilarious about this console is it came with a dice, paper money, cards, and a few other board game type things. I guess if your expensive gaming console isn’t entertaining enough you can play Craps or something and consider it no money lost–haha. This thing is so ancient it had the predecessor to Pong, along with twenty-seven other games made for the system.
Though the museum starts with the first, it ends with the most recent–such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They make sure to cover all their bases, including history up to now.
Pixel Dreams is another of the four significant areas in the museum. This is an eighties arcade!
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This place looks completely nostalgic! I feel like watching Tron and spending the rest of the week binging on Galaga just looking at the picture of Pixel Dreams. This is my favorite area of the museum if you can’t tell. When you arrive at the museum, they will give you four tokens for this area. There is a leaderboard for the museum, do you think you can beat it? Might be hard with only four tokens, and that’s why you aren’t limited by four if you want to spend some extra cash. The first four are just the free ones. You can spend all day in here, just like someone might have down in a real 80s arcade.
The third big area is called the Pre-Historic center. Here they have ginormous, over-sized seventies televisions hooked up to Pong, Night Driver, Breakout, and more.
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The games sizes are pretty grand. In this situation, I’d feel like the whole room was participating in my game and it would pump me up!
Other than the displays the NVM (National Videogame Museum) likes to teach the youngsters. Actually, they love it. They even give out scholarships to local kids, including one specifically for woman. The thought behind that one is because they want to see more women in the gaming industry. That’s pretty cool!
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Their classroom is actually the fourth main room of the Museum, the other three being the ones I’ve already listed. During the day the classroom focuses on the STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) for kids. They have fun ways of teaching some basics, including through games (of course). I say it’s for kids, but it’s open to anyone really. The focus is more towards kids during the day though. However, there are also late night events just for adults!
Now, throughout the year there are a number of unique events hosted at the NVM. They just had a Halloween celebration. They will also host weddings it seems, just this past weekend a couple was married inside the NVM. Might be something to put down as a possibility for all the geek couples! Though to be honest, I’ve always been partial to getting married in VooDoo Doughnuts. I’m just kidding, I’m never getting married–haha–but I do find the idea of people getting married in a doughnut shop pretty funny (and delicious).
If you are interested in checking out the National Videogame Museum, it’s located in Frisco, Texas. It’s $12 for adults, $10 for kids, elderly, active military, and educators. There are even memberships if you live close by and want to come here frequently.
You should keep an eye on their website or facebook for upcoming events. Also, their facebook isn’t shy about posting pictures of cool stuff they have in the museum. Like interesting themed gaming consoles, like this coco-cola handheld Game Gear:
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