The National Videogame Museum in Frisco have announced two new wings to their massive collection that pay homage and chronicle the history of virtual reality (VR) and Super Mario Bros. These new exhibits explore the development of the technology from the earlier days of VR through to the current interactions such as Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
The exhibits contain items from the museums massive videogame collection along with donors who have loaned a number of items to the museum for display. The VR exhibit is one of the more interactive showcases the museum has put on, featuring numerous working models of several VR displays and consoles from as far back as the infamous Virtual Boy. More modern titles are also showcased including the PlayStation VR release of Battlezone.
“It’s a big thing these days,” Said John Hardie, one of the museums founders, talking to the dallas observer: “Everyone’s getting into it and everywhere you look, there’s some kind of VR. VR’s the newest big thing, but it’s been around a long time, they’ve been trying to get it right for 30 years and what we have works pretty well but it’s not perfect.”
Other artifacts included in the VR exhibit as from the ’80s and ’90s such as the Power Glove, Mattel’s gloved controller released in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Not only is an original Power Glove on display but so to is a rare prototype developed by VPL Research that Hardie mentioned was obtained “from a friend, that we just got in the mail.”
As for Super Mario Bros, the first feature film based on a videogame. The film set a standard of how not to make these kind of films and has since its release become a bit of a joke and a cult classic. Since then, films based on videogames have gotten a lot better with the likes of Ready Player One embracing a large number of source material along with VR as well. A proper Super Mario Bros film is currently in development as well by Nintendo, Illumination Entertainment and the game’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto.
For those looking to explore the history of both VR in videogames, along with some film history, make sure to visit The National Videogame Museum in Frisco. VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest from the museum in the future as well so make sure to stay tuned for more.