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Nominees announced for the Video Game Hall of Fame

The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG) collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography. Today ICHEG announced the nominees for the Video Game Hall of Fame, the nominees came from the gaming communities votes and have created a list of the 15 most nominated games. The inaugural class that will be inducted on June 4th will come not only from community votes but from input from an international selection committee made up of journalists, scholars and other video game experts.

Games will be considered for entry into the World Video Game Hall of Fame based on four criteria: icon-status, longevity , geographical reach and influence.

The finalists 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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Famous Characters You May Not Know About – Arle Nadja

There are characters who have been around for a long time and have become icons for their respective series and sometimes even an icon for games in general. Characters like Mario, Sonic, Solid Snake, Pikachu and many others are gaming icons who have proven to be world wide sensations. They represent some of the most powerful and most memorable games in history and continue to be an important part of the industry as a whole. But what if I told you there are characters who have been around for just as long, have appeared in a number of games and have garnered much less attention than one would think. In this series we will talk about those heroes who have stood the sands of time but have flown under the radar of the mainstream gaming world for some.

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Figuring Out The Next Smash Character

Nintendo has opened a ballot in which they are allowing the community to nominate their favorite characters to be included into Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS as future DLC. Nintendo has also stated that third-party characters are also fair game. But is it possible to try and guess who could actually be added to the game? Maybe not 100% but we can sure give some compelling evidence as to who we may see. Also don’t forget to nominate your favorite character here. (more…)

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Discovering @ ICHEG – Week 4 – Brothers Collection and Biohazard

I started volunteering at the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG) at The Strong Museum of Play. ICHEG collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other. I am assisting in their archiving process and during this process I come across various objects and questions that I research and explore. And I am passing on what I find to everyone reading this. I volunteer weekly and I hope to have something new to talk about towards the end of every week.

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Discovering @ ICHEG – Week 3 – Super Famicom Appreciation

I started volunteering at the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG) at The Strong Museum of Play. ICHEG collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other. I am assisting in their archiving process and during this process I come across various objects and questions that I research and explore. And I am passing on what I find to everyone reading this. I volunteer weekly and I hope to have something new to talk about towards the end of every week.

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Discovering @ ICHEG – Week 2 – Sega Game Gear Genre Icons

I started volunteering at the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG) at The Strong Museum of Play. ICHEG collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other. I am assisting in their archiving process and during this process I come across various objects and questions that I research and explore. And I am passing on what I find to everyone reading this. I volunteer weekly and I hope to have something new to talk about towards the end of every week. (more…)

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Marketing Your Game – Your Website

Marketing your game can be one of the hardest things to figure out. It is a whole different world than what you may be used to but it is a necessity. Having a functional website, a good social media presence, and even maintaining your relationship with the community, publishers and even other devs is just as important as creating a great game.  Over the next couple of months we will be going through a number of ways to help you understand the tools that are available to you and hopefully help you have a better understanding of what you would like to do to better market your game. (more…)

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Discovering @ ICHEG – Week 1 – Sega Mark III

I started volunteering at the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG) at The Strong Museum of Play. ICHEG collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other. I am assisting in their archiving process and during this process I come across various objects and questions that I research and explore. And I am passing on what I find to everyone reading this. I volunteer weekly and I hope to have something new to talk about towards the end of every week.

Week 1 – Sega Mark III packaging

This week I worked on scanning cover art for old Japanese Sega Games. Mark III games to be more exact. For those who may not remember, the Mark III was released in Japan in 1985 and then was redesigned and renamed to the Sega Master System for its North American release in 1986. The Mark III was the direct competition to the Nintendo Entertainment System and used a different kind of cartridge called the Sega Card, which was branded as Sega My Card. The Sega Card is the basis for this weeks research. (more…)

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Collecting 101: The Basics – Video Games

Collecting video games can be quite simple and cheap to get started with. But there are some things to know before getting started or to better your existing collection. This will be a basic guide and we will in future posts dive deeper into things like terminology, rarity, and various other items that may be directly related to a specific genre, system or series. This guide is more to get you started and going in the right direction. (more…)

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