Eric Paul Wheeler is a passionate gamer, a video-game historian, and curator for the National Center for the History of Electronic Games?, where he has spearheaded development of the nations largest and most comprehensive public collection of electronic games and game platforms. Electronic games are an incredibly important part of our culture. Over the course of the past four decades they have changed the way we learn, play, and interact with one another. Eric's role as curator of the collection is to document the history of this phenomenon, and to that end, has acquired nearly 20,000 artifacts that illustrate the impact these games have had on American life. The presentation focuses on key artifacts that revolutionized electronic game play—from Computer Space, the first arcade video game, to Nintendo Wii. A video filmed behind the scenes in the NCHEG lab provides the audience a show-and-tell session highlighting a few more of these artifacts. About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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