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Video game history on display at E3 2015 (pictures)

A collection of rare vintage games and accessories from the Videogame History Museum puts this week's forward-looking game news in context.

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Atari Video Music (1976)

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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Atari 2600 Test Console (circa 1977)

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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Video Game Brain (1983)

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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Nintendo Power Glove (1989)

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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Mortal Kombat II (1993)

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

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Phoenix (1980)

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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Centipede (1981)

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

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Vectrex (1982)

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

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A collection of video game T-shirts

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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Atari Slumber Mate bag (date unknown)

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

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Atari lunchbox (1983)

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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