The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Economic Adventure Gallery is to host a new interactive exhibit on the history of video games this autumn, entitled “Video Games Evolve: A Brief History from Spacewar!
to MMORPGs”. According to organisers the exhibition will examine the video game industry’s roots, which it claims are closely associated with New England.
Part of the exhibition focuses on Spacewar!
, whose creation in 1962 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is considered to be one of the first non-commercial video games. The first video games console, the Magnavox Odyssey, was also created by New England resident Ralph Baer.
The exhibition will include a simulation of Spacewar!
and an Odyssey console. Also featured will be several classic arcade machines, from Computer Space
to Space Invaders
and Donkey Kong
. A time line for modern home console gaming will also be included as well as a focus on massively multiplayer online (MMO) games such as Star Wars Galaxies
, Second Life
and World of WarCraft
The exhibit is part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Economic Adventure
, an interactive educational designed to teach middle and high-school students how New England’s improved living standards are reliant upon innovation. The exhibit is open from Monday through Friday, entry is free and runs through January.
“This is a wonderful exhibit not only for video game lovers, but for anyone who wants to know how science, technology, and art come together to form an industry,” said Dr. Peter Raad, executive director of The Guildhall at SMU (Southern Methodist University), which helped provide content for the exhibition.