The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG), a museum dedicated to preserving the history of PC and video games has received hundreds of items from Microsoft related to its PC and Xbox gaming businesses.
Some of the selected items will go on display at the ICHEG's exhibit at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. While the other items will be made available to researchers.
The donation includes prototypes, controllers, hardware, accessories, game-related merchandise, awards and promotional items covering Microsoft's early Windows game releases to recent prototypes of the Xbox 360 and the Kinect camera controller. It also includes other game related accessories, promo items, awards that Microsoft has received over the years for its game business and more.
The ICHEG collection contains a large number of games and game related items. Beside's today's announcement of the Microsoft item, the ICHEG has over 120 arcade games from 1971 to the present. It also contains every game console that has been released since 1972 along with a large number of PCs and even hundreds of children's toys that have some kind of electronic play element. It also has over 10,000 individual consoles games and a large number of magazines, books and strategy guides dedicated to games.
"We are proud of the role we've played in the evolution and innovation of the gaming industry and are excited to showcase our history of interactive entertainment products and services at ICHEG," said Xbox senior director David Hufford.