Dallas Dads Group celebrated Fathers Eve 2016 at the National Videogame Museum. From the moment you enter you are thrust into the community of gaming. Located in the Frisco Discovery Center, it is easy to reach just off the Dallas North Tollway. The museum foyer boasts artwork with screens streaming pop culture and gaming footage to try and prepare you for the nostalgia overload that awaits.
Once you enter, you learn about the early stages of gaming. A can’t miss is a round of Pong on the world’s largest, 15-foot 1970’s home Pong console. The timeline of consoles is a great way to see the progression of gaming and the evolution of consoles. The giant Super Nintendo controllers help you navigate the information for each one. Be sure to grab a selfie with Mario!
Continuing through the museum you’ll find some rare gaming memorabilia, gaming systems that weren’t mainstream and a line of computers to play games going back to DOS platform. The Head-to-Head Hall has console stations set up to play games ranging from Halo to Marvel vs Capcom. An area not to miss with your child shows how gaming areas in a home were arranged. One showing a room with Duck Hunt on a desk while another replicates a basement setting.
Finally before you exit into the gift shop you enter Pixel Dreams. A 1980’s era arcade featuring some timeless classics as Donkey Kong, Asteroids, and Centipede. The museum provides you with tokens with your ticket purchase and more tokens are available. This is a great area to experience a classic arcade along with some 80’s music playing in the background. High scores earn free tokens so keep practicing!
The National Videogame Museum is a fantastic way to spend time with friends and walk down memory lane. It is also a great way for kids to learn and appreciate the history of gaming. While probably not the best activity for younger children, school aged children could spend hours exploring games of the past.
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