This Encyclopedic Site Contains 41 Years of Video Game Console Design

Commercially successful video game consoles—your Game Boys and your Playstations—are iconic pieces of product design. But they're only part of the story. There are dozens of other machines that either didn't catch on or failed miserably—and Evan Amos has devoted himself to cataloging them all.

As Kotaku writer Luke Plunkett explains, Amos is a longtime wikipedia contributor whose own images populate many of the consoles' pages. He wants to establish a free, online museum based on his collection, including 360 degree views and images of the internal components (check out his modest $8,500 Kickstarter here).


More on the project is below. But also be sure to check out the image gallery Amos already maintains. There are plenty of familiar faces, but the real fun begins with the consoles that didn't make it (remember Virtual Boy?). You won't find a more complete visual taxonomy.

The Man Who Photographed All The Video Game Consoles

You know those awesome pictures of video game hardware that Wikipedia is full of? They don't just appear out of nowhere. Someone has to own the hardware, and someone has to take the picture.

One of the most important of those people is Evan Amos, a veteran Wikipedia contributor who has just launched a Kickstarter to establish a kind of online museum.


What's cool is that it's not a for-profit kind of thing; he's asking for $8500 to do some very good work:

Today most people's hunt for information begins and ends with a Google search. I want to create a video game museum that caters to this new information reality by making an online collection that can be freely visited by anyone, at any time, through a simple internet search.

The Vanamo Online Game Museum is an effort to create an archive of video game history with high-quality, high-resolution pictures with detailed descriptions. The museum's photos will be free for anyone to use in other media, like articles and videos. They will also be placed on Wikipedia, making them highly visible and readily available, along with vastly improving the quality of their associated articles.

The goal of this Kickstarter is to improve the quality of images and information about video game systems one finds on the internet. The funds will go toward building a physical archive and collection of hardware that, in turn, becomes an online gallery of high quality pictures - a virtual museum.


You can back it below.

The Vanamo Online Game Museum [Kickstarter]