Relive all the classic '80s arcade games at the Museum of the Moving Image

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:28 AM EDT (Updated)

If you grew up playing early arcade games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Galaga, Q*bert, Zaxxon, and Centipede, then you might be pretty surprised to find out those are actual museum relics nowadays (just in case you didn’t feel old already). Indeed, those games and SO MANY MORE fill up an entire exhibit hall at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, which you can get a guided tour of in our video below, straight from the museum's full-of-arcane-arcade-trivia-knowledge exec director himself, Carl Goodman.   

The exhibit focuses on the very earliest video arcade and computer games, and makes them available to the public for full-on nostalgia-seeking pleasure. But it’s not just great for Gen Xers, it’s also a swell place for you younguns, who may not know how tremendous it felt to ride your bike to the mall, change a fiver for 20 gold tokens, and spend the entire afternoon in unparented bliss. Hopefully this vid conveys a sense of that, and perhaps even gives you the inclination to go check out the Museum of the Moving Image’s Video Exhibit before it’s game over on Jan. 28, 2018.