Oakland’s own video game archive, the M.A.D.E.

Oakland is the home of many things. It also happens to be the home of the country's only open video game archive.

The Museum of Digital Art and Entertainment, or the M.A.D.E.,  is a gateway to, and an archive for, video game history, showcasing consoles and games from gaming’s early days in the 1970’s to the present day. Not only does it showcase video game history, the museum also holds free classes such as beginner coding and game designing for participants of all ages.

Other museums have shown limited video game exhibits, while Stanford University has its own private video game archive. The M.A.D.E., however, is the first and only open video game-dedicated archive which allows visitors to play the games on display. On televisions that dot the floors of M.A.D.E., museum-goers can travel back in time and play on the Atari or the Sega Genesis console, then jump over to another TV to play the latest games on the Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Play the video above to learn more about the museum.

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