A pleasant surprise at this year's E3 was the Video Game History Museum. The inception for this organization came back in 1999 when a collection of retro games and consoles were put on display at the Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exhibition sparked interest in the forgotten games and also brought about the realization that they must be preserved. Currently, the VGHM consists of the collections of a few select individuals. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, “A few guys, really?” Well, you would be surprised. There have been donations from countless individuals to make this collection truly astonishing. Only a portion of the museum was on display, but there were some items present that would be the equivalent of the Mona Lisa in the video game world. I found myself going back to the VGHM several times to make sure I didn’t miss anything and because there’s a good chance I may never see several of those items ever again.
The collection starts off in the 70’s with the likes of the Atari 2600, Colecovision, Intellivision, and more. Just about every console that was released State side was present, and there were even a few that never got an official release. The SEGA Neptune is one such system. The Neptune was to be the all in one Genesis and 32X combination. The Director of the VGHM, Joe Santulli did confirm that the Neptune present was a prototype and is the only one known to exist. Unfortunately, the Neptune is only a plastic shell, it has no electronic components, none the less it was a thrill to see.
Rare promotional items were also present, everything from arcade posters to athletic jackets from the 80’s emblazoned with the Turbo Grafx 16 logo. There were also more than a few retro consoles playable. It was both fun and educational, and that’s exactly what a museum should be. Guys, my hats off to you, you’ve done a great job so far and I can’t wait to see more! Check out the videos to see exactly what was displayed at this year's E3. For more information visit: http://www.vghmuseum.org