The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment will host its first exhibit in Oakland starting December 3. Appropriately for its first foray into a physical exhibition space, the museum is highlighting "The History of Early 3D." That's 3D as in polygons, not glasses. Think Star Fox and Doom.
San Francisco - November 28, 2011 - The Museum of Art and Digital
Entertainment (The MADE) will open its first exhibit to the public on
December 3, 10 AM to 5 PM at its location in downtown Oakland. This
exhibit focuses on the History of 3D in games, and will feature
playable demonstrations of games displayed.
The MADE is a 501c(3) non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation
of videogames, and the presentation of games as art. The History of 3D
is the first exhibit hosted by the Museum since it secured a location
in October. The MADE raised $20,000 on crowd-funding site
Kickstarter.com, and has used those funds to pay for its new
"3D is such a broad topic in video games. Our exhibit creators, Jason
Cutler and Nealon Leadbetter evaluated hundreds of games and types of
3D, from voxels to vectors, from pre-rendered sprites to normal mapped
polygons," said Alex Handy, director of The MADE. "They've chosen a
wonderfully varied set of examples from the rich history of video
gaming on consoles and computers. We hope this exhibition inspires the
next generation of game developers, both young and old."
Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections
at Stanford University Libraries and founding member of The MADE's
board of directors, said that "Digital games without a doubt have
become one of the central creative media available for entertainment,
art and other forms of expression. So much so that contemporary
cultural history is difficult to talk about without including digital
games. As a result, not only will the history of this medium be lost
if we do not preserve the history of digital games, but there is more
at stake: we will be unable to provide a complete cultural history of
The History of 3D will be on display throughout December on weekends,
and during other hours which will be scheduled and shown on the MADE's
Website www.themade.org. The December 3 opening will take place from
10 AM to 5 PM at The MADE's location in Oakland. Admission will be
donation based, and the suggested donation will be $10. No one will be
turned away for lack of funds.
The MADE also hosts Tuesday night fighting game tournaments at 7 PM, a
free kids programming class every Saturday morning at 10 AM, and will
be hosting a Reddit Meetup on December 10 from 6 PM to 11 PM.
The games currently scheduled to be playable in the History of 3D exhibit are:
1982 Atari 5200 - Star Raiders1983 Vectrex - Web Warp1989 Arcade/Xbox
- Hard Drivin1991 Arcade/PS2 - Star Blade1992 Arcade/Saturn - Virtua
Racing1993 SNES - Starfox1993 Arcade/32x - Virtua Fighter1994 3D0 -
Alone in the Dark1994 Pippin - Marathon1995 Virtual Boy - Red
Alarm1995 PS1 - Wipeout1996 Saturn - Nights Into Dreams1996 N64 -
Super Mario 64
1988 Mac - The Colony1992 Mac - Wolfenstein 3D1993 Mac - Pathways Into
Darkness1993 Mac - Doom1995 Mac - Descent1996 Mac - Quake
More games will be added as the week progresses.