A small tour accompanied by our virtual guide

From Computer Space to Pong

On the left hand side there is yet another precious object: the Brown Box from 1959, developed by Ralph H. Baer, the inventor of video games for home use. It was constructed with two purposes, that of teaching the TV-set how to play games and that of demonstrating the working of Pong.

In front of this exhibit you find Computer Space, the first commercially employed, coin-operated machine in the history of the games. Just look at it: huge, round and squarely futuristic, green fiber glass, whoa! Computer Space was the precursor of Pong. Developed in 1971 by Nolan Bushnell, who founded Atari in the following year.
enjoy the beginnings of interactive entertainment with Space Invaders
And yes, Pong itself, in full size, the genuine thing! And next to it a local celebrity: TV-presenter Thomas Gottschalk in the authentic look from the 1970s, playing Pong and attempting to persuade you to try this at home yourself.

Just around the corner there is our small penny arcade with slot machines, run by coin operators – the normal form of presentation before games became affordable for everybody to be played at home. With retro classics such as Donkey Kong, Asteroids or Space Invaders, you too can enjoy the beginnings of interactive entertainment. You can touch and you can play these gems. And of course, at our museum, you won’t need coins for that.
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Computerspielemuseum
Karl-Marx-Allee 93a
10243 Berlin

Phone (visitor service):
+49 30 6098 8577