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“Very limited collection”

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Ranked #75 of 806 things to do in Berlin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Where Pac Man lives The first ever museum for computer games worldwide was founded in Berlin. You can embark on a magic time travel trip covering six decades of gaming history. Including Giant Joystick and Painstation, Arcade Hall plus the Wall of Hardware. A Berlin highlight in the trendy borough of Friedrichshain Kreuzberg. A mere 5 minutes away from Alexanderplatz (U5 Weberwiese). You can reach our museum very comfortably by cycling here. Whether you come from Alexanderplatz or from Warschauer Straße/Frankfurter Tor, you will find wide lanes for cycling on both sides of Karl-Marx-Allee and traffic lights for crossing. We have a number of cycle stands right next to our entrance. If you wish to start a cycling trip from here, feel free to ask for a free copy of Bike Map, which has a very convenient format to fit into almost any pocket.
Warsaw, Poland
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“Very limited collection”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

I play computer games since I was a kid, which was very early 90's, and I expected to see the evolution of computer games, the most popular games of each year with the story behind them, the development of available technology etc. etc. What you can see in the museum is the history of hardware with real life piece of every important computer in the last 30-40 years, which is great, but as to games area, the collection and exhibition is very poor, there is no more than a few tens of games showed and for me it was no journey across the are that is very familiar to me, but barely touching its surface. A waste of time and money :(

Visited October 2012
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“A must for any historian and game player”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

For a fan and a collector of retro computer stuff like me, it is like a Holy grail of my hobby. Well laid out and covered every aspect of gaming from the very beginning to the latest 3D stuff. Everything was functional and great, unfortunately not enough time to read all the descriptions. As for playing the games, there should be some time limit for each player and each console, because like someone said, his kids spent 90 minutes of playing there, and maybe someone waited for a queue there. Something like 5 minutes for each item should be sufficient, especially when it is crowded. Also, the museum store could be cheaper (items are way cheaper online :) and more filled with items.

Visited August 2012
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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“Crowded with kids expecting a free arcade”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

This museum is fun and has potential. Unfortunately, many parents confuse it with a kindergarten. Young kids have no way of appreciating the exhibits without an enthusiastic parent playing the tour guide.

The museum holds several vintage arcade machines but you need to visit the museum in special hours (Mondays at 6pm) to play them. They are too precious to be played anytime and without supervision. Apart from them, there are replicas of other machines, you can plan the original Space invaders, Asteroids and others.

It's worth visiting if you're a fan. Just don't take your girlfriend with.

Visited July 2012
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Ivyland, Pennsylvania
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“Great for kids and teens”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

My 10, 13 and 14 year old thought it was the best museum ever. I got to show them the Mac I had in college and my Atari video game that i had at there age and they got to spend 90 minutes playing classic video games like Donkey Kong, Centipede and lots of old Atari games as well as several none of us had ever seen.

Visited July 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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“Interesting, but not spectacular”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

As a videogame nerd, a visit to this museum was well worth it. The exhibition is small and compact, but there is lots of information if you care to look for it.

A big plus for many playable games and cabinets!

Visited July 2012
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