Four years after their last Kickstarter campaign that gave them a home, The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, known to some as MADE, is going back up in order to get themselves a bigger, nicer place. In 2011, the video game museum fund raised over $20,000 so that they could rent a 2,100 square foot place in San Francisco to hold the history of video games and other forms of digital entertainment. However, the place was not the ideal and a recent collapse of the ceiling led to 18 computers and projectors being destroyed. Some of those items came from big name companies like Google and Dolby, who were none too happy.
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The management decided that in order to avoid something like that happening again, they would have to move to a newer, safer environment. According to the Kickstarter page, they have their eyes on a 4,400 square foot retail location in Oakland - but can only get it if they meet their goal of $50,000.
According to the page, the goal of the museum is "To preserve videogame history through playable exhibitions, and to inspire the next generation of game developers.”
Despite the fact that it is a museum, it is quite different from the ones you may be used to. Instead of keeping everything in glass cases, the museum actually lets people play the games! They frequently host events where there are marathon tournaments and other projects that allow fans to play the games free of charge.
As with many Kickstarter campaigns, there are rewards at some levels of giving - some that are actually pretty cool and will get you awesome video game paraphernalia. They range from having your name put on a list of donors to having halls, classrooms, and exhibits named after you.
At the time of publication, the group had raised $8,654 with 28 days to go in the campaign.