Oakland Video Game Museum Begins Level 2 Fundraising Campaign

San Francisco - November 28, 2011 - The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE) kicked off its second fundraising campaign today. The Level 2 fundraising drive has a goal of $20,000, which will fund the operation of the MADE for another six months. As a non-profit video game museum, the MADE will use these funds to continue its free programming classes for kids, and to keep the lights on for the Museum’s general use.

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 facilities.

"in the four months since we opened the doors of the MADE, we’ve accomplished every goal we set. Our students are learning Python, our attendees are playing significant games across many systems, and our community has grown to support talks, tournaments and co-working days," said Alex Handy, director of The MADE. “Indie developers are working on their games at The MADE, and our students are enthusiastically learning math as a by-product of their programming lessons. Now, we just need to ensure the MADE’s continued operation through tax-deductible financial contributions."

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 our times.”

Donors interested in supporting the MADE can donate at

http://www.themade.org/node/84 via PayPal, Google Wallet, and Amazon Payments.

The MADE’s first exhibit, the History of 3D, will be appearing in its entirety at Game Developers Conference in March, and all of the included games will be playable on the show floor. That exhibit will include the following games:

1982 Atari 5200 - Star Raiders

1983 Vectrex - Web Warp

1989 Arcade/Xbox - Hard Drivin

1991 Arcade/PS2 - Star Blade

1992 Arcade/Saturn - Virtua Racing

1993 SNES - Starfox

1993 Arcade/32x - Virtua Fighter

1994 3D0 - Alone in the Dark

1994 Pippin - Marathon

1995 Virtual Boy - Red Alarm

1995 PS1 - Wipeout

1996 Saturn - Nights Into Dreams

1996 N64 - Super Mario 64

1988 Mac - The Colony

1992 Mac - Wolfenstein 3D

1993 Mac - Pathways Into Darkness

1993 Mac - Doom

1995 Mac - Descent

1996 Mac - Quake

About The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE)

Founded in 2010, The MADE is an all volunteer organization created by Alex Handy, a video game journalist and technological archaeologist based in Oakland, California. In 2008 Mr. Handy unearthed an 25-year-old parcel of long lost Atari 2600 and Colecovision games at a flea market in that city, spurring his creation of the Museum. The MADE is an IRS recognized 501c(3) not-for-profit organization. It’s EIN number is 26-4570976 .

The MADE

610 16th St.

Suite 230 (Second floor)

Oakland, CA 94612

Dial #0230 to be buzzed in

510-788-5702

Contacts:

Alex Handy

Director, The MADE

510-282-4840

alex@themade.org

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