Thanks to all of you, it's been a busy year! For those of you who have missed our appearances since the Kickstarter campaign ended, here's what we've been up to:
1) Our last update mentioned a collection of items in southern California. During that trip, we invested in some storage solutions. Thanks to you, we became more mobile and more organized. In the past, you saw Classic Gaming Expo's museum unfold in a series of cardboard boxes and random plastic tubs. Now, we can "roll out" with heavy duty bins - many on wheels - which help us get places faster and more efficiently and most importantly protect our valuables.
2) In February 2012, we attended the DICE Summit (www.dicesummit.org) where we exhibited to a much different audience than we are accustomed to, consisting primarily of executive-level industry people. The exhibit included some rare items and a few arcade machines that highlighted the work of Ed Logg, who was given a lifetime achievement award during the event. Our exhibit provided the backdrop for G4TV's broadcast where we met Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford. More on the significance of this in a moment.
3) In April 2012, we exhibited at PAX East (east.paxsite.com) where Videogame History Museum was the sponsor of the "Classic Consoles Freeplay" area. The museum exhibit was a small sampling of what we offer but we also provided 40+ classic game consoles and hundreds of games for attendees to play all weekend.
4) In June 2012, we made our annual appearance at E3 (www.e3expo.com). Graciously sponsored by Gearbox Software, our 2500 square foot exhibit was just a stone's throw from Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony in the West Hall. With the additional space and new storage options we were able to exhibit in 4 massive glass display cases and still had plenty of room for our signature "classic 80's living room", console timeline, and freeplay area. Tens of thousands of attendees visited with us and among other accolades, the exhibit was named "best of show" by The Seattle Times.
5) In August 2012 we hosted Classic Gaming Expo (www.cgexpo.com) in Vegas. This is our 13th year doing the show, and it is here where we currently put on the largest museum exhibit. Over 7000 square feet were dedicated to the museum alone, and this does not include arcade machines or console freeplay. Many new items were exhibited this year thanks to a cross-country effort to move some of the east coast collectibles into permanent storage out west.
6) In September 2012, Gearbox Software will host a Community Day surrounding the release of Borderlands 2. During the weekend, a celebrity Poker Tournament for charity will be conducted, with all proceeds going to The Videogame History Museum (http://www.gearboxsoftware.com/poker). We are very excited to be partnering with Gearbox, they have been a tremendous supporter.
There's quite a lot more going on that we hope to reveal by the end of this year. It's exciting stuff!
We're still a pretty small team and trying to keep expenses down. We've used the Kickstarter funds sparingly and we believe productively so as well. Our next task is to update our website so we can provide timely updates and photo galleries on our own home site going forward. Stay tuned because you will see this site re-launch in the next few weeks, providing all kinds of updates and photos as we march towards our goal of a permanent home for the museum. In the meantime, you can see photos of this past years' events on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Videogame-History-Museum/179048562145691).
Thanks to all of you once again and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or the soon-to-be-relaunched website www.vghmuseum.org, as this will be our FINAL transmission here on Kickstarter.
John, Sean & Joe
Videogame History Museum