The National Center for the History of Electronic Games (NCHEG) is located at the Strong National Museum of Play, the only museum in the world solely dedicated to exploring the history of play and its broader impact on society.
As the electronic gaming division, NCHEG explores the ways in which electronic games have changed throughout history, and how they have shaped players’ interactions with one another.
The permanent collection includes an extensive range of over 20,000 games and consoles, from the early years of the Atari models to today’s Nintendo Wii. Included in the collection are over 10,000 individual video game titles, 5,000 children’s educational games, 100 different handheld models, and a large collection of electronic toys, such as Tamagotchi and Webkinz.
Most of the consoles on display are in working condition and available to play, such as the first coin-operated arcade game, Computer Space, which became popular in the 1970s. Other rare collector’s items on display include a Nintendo World Championships 1990 gray cartridge, and the original papers and prototypes of the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game system.