Due to recent discussions about pong the randformblog reader may know already about the exhibition pong.mythos and his curator Andreas Lange (see left image on the left, together with manager Dr. Klaus Spieler). However Andreas Lange’s main work (in fact he majored in religious studies) is the curation of the Computerspiele- museum (museum for video games) in Berlin.
The Computerspielemuseum (old logo to the left by Gabi Lattke) was founded in 1996 after the idea for it was born in the Foerderverein fuer Jugend und Sozialarbeit” (association for furthering youth and social work) and the “Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle” (Entertainmentsoftware selfcontrol) moved into new rooms. Andreas Lange put together a collection by e.g. browsing Berlin fleamarkets and classified ads. In 1998 even Nolan Bushnell (Atari founder) and Activision (asteriods) came by. Due to a lack of support and to a growing collection the Computerspielemuseum had to close in 2000. However the collection still exists and is partially shown in nonpermanent exhibitions like pong.mythos.
I think it is a sad thing that there is not more support for the Computerspiele- museum. This is not everywhere like this – as one can see e.g. at the Computerhistory museum in California
>>A 46 min movie from Discovery Channel about the history of computer games (found on this blog), which features interviews with e.g. Ralph Baer, Nolan Bushnell, the activision twins, Shigeru Miyamoto (donkey kong) and finally with the inventor of Tetris Alexey Pazhitnov, who claims in the movie that he invented Tetris because he loves small mathematical diversions (yes!!!).