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Christmas Gift Guide

Atari Video Music (1976)

Atari 2600 Test Console (circa 1977)

Video Game Brain (1983)

Nintendo Power Glove (1989)

Mortal Kombat II (1993)

Phoenix (1980)

Centipede (1981)

Vectrex (1982)

A collection of video game T-shirts

Atari Slumber Mate bag (date unknown)

Atari lunchbox (1983)

The display of vintage games and gear at E3 by the Videogame History Museum (which says it will be opening a physical museum space in Frisco, Texas soon) has become an annual tradition. Included is a changing lineup of rare tech, including this early "music visualizer" from Atari.

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An in-store tester for Atari 2600 joysticks and paddles, and the final stop before sending a console in for repair.

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This six-in-one game switcher declares: "Never waste time inserting or removing your video game cartridges again." What would they think about game loading times today?

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The infamous glove controller for the NES console. Interestingly, some people are talking about bringing back glove-like controllers for today's VR headsets.

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A two-player version of the Mortal Kombat II arcade machine, one of several working cabinets on display at E3.

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This early arcade game was one of the first to feature "boss" fights, although the term had not been coined yet.

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This arcade shooter was co-designed by Dona Bailey, one of the earliest female game designers.

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The Vectrex was an all-in-one console with a built-in monochromatic display that displayed bright-line vector graphics.

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Sure to show up in an Urban Outfitters store near you soon. "Communist Mutants from Space" was actually a 1982 Space Invaders knockoff for the Atari 2600.

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Despite the name, this is actually a giant tote bag, not a sleeping bag.

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Several popular Atari games shared sticker space on this plastic lunchbox.

For more vintage games, check out our tour of the Videogame Museum collection from E3 2014.

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