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Play Old School Arcade Classics At The Museum Of The Moving Image This Summer

MoMI Arcade Video Games

June 24, 2016 Staff Report

Astorians can relive their childhoods and play their favorite arcade games this summer.

The Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Ave., is presenting its exhibit “Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collections” through October.

The collection will bring 38 games, released between 1971 and 1993, to the Museum. All games, including Frogger, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam and Ms. PacMan, will be available for play.

The exhibit launched earlier this month and will be on display until Oct. 23 in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery.

The museum, which collects and refurbishes arcade games, worked with arcade game collector and conservator Jeff Anderson to restore many of the games to functional use.

“As the first museum to collect video games, we are excited to be presenting our collection of video arcade games, many of which have been newly restored,” said Carl Goodman, the Museum’s Executive Director. “This is an opportunity for the public to experience these classic games in their original form, for a limited time.”

Game genres represented in the exhibit range from early sports games to driving games to puzzles and shooters, many of which are set in space.

A complete list of games is available online here.

Four game tokens are included with the price of admission, which costs $15 for adults. Attendees can purchase additional tokens, with four costing $1.

The museum will also offer a drop-in mediamaking studio for children six and older. Activities include animating classic characters and making a mini arcade cabinet. This will run on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., until July 30.

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