The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) has recently acquired archival records and other materials documenting Atari’s video arcade and pinball machine divisions from 1972 to 1999.
The materials vary from marketing documents to prototype testing results and original artwork. While not as exciting as actual cabinets, these materials are invaluable historical documents about the development of some of gaming’s most significant arcade machines — Asteroids, Missile Command, Paperboy and let’s not forget Pong. Furthermore, there will be information pertaining to all the games that never made it to production.
Read Jeremy Saucier’s blog post for a detailed look into the acquisition.
The ICHEG is housed in The Strong National Museum of Play and is dedicated to the collection, study and interpretation of video games. They seek to understand gaming’s societal impact and cultural significance. The Strong Museum of Play is located Rochester, New York.