WATCH | Barely a year old, the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, TX showcases the rich technological and cultural history of video games. Set up in chronological order, the museum takes visitors all the way from early Atari consoles to expansive games like Mindcraft.
It's also a lot of fun. You can play dozens of games for free, including giant Pong. There's also a token arcade with vintage games.
Co-founders John Hardy, Sean Kelly and Joe Santulli started sharing their personal collections by bringing a traveling exhibition around the country. Eventually they went on to the E3 convention and South by Southwest's Gaming Expo.
When designing the place, the founders thought about today's Baby Boomer moms, traditionally not a gaming demographic. The thinking went that if they could attract this crowd to the museum, they could attract anyone.
Sometimes kids don't want to go home. "It's just as often the other way around though. It's the parents who want to stay.", John said
Housed next to a hands-on science center, the museum draws school groups nearly every week. The museum is also partnering with Dallas game designer Amie Dansby to start a scholarship for girls pursuing "STEM" careers.