The MADE: A Hidden Nerdy Gem in Oakland, CA
Are you going to visit San Francisco or Oakland any time soon? Need a Nerdbot approved place to go to? The Museum of Digital Art and Entertainment, or the MADE, should be one of your first stops!
This isn’t just a "pop into and spend an hour there" place, so be prepared to spend the whole day there, maybe more. This is a hidden nerdy gem in North Oakland off of Broadway. It's a truly interactive video game museum.
I recently went to Oakland on a mini vacation. Before going I looked up some destinations to go to, and the MADE popped up. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! From the outside it looks like nothing spectacular, but we walked in and the glory of the MADE museum overcame us.
Walls of: games, consoles, cables, controllers and TVs, or in other words, gamer’s heaven.
There is $7 entry fee for the day and you can stay as long as you want. They are open only weekends though, from 12 noon - 6 PM. They offer free game programming class, tournaments, and open access to most games on the floor. This is the first and only video game archive that allows visitors to play games on the floor in the world.
Check out the slideshow of the museum above!
As we started to explore the games, the first thing we see is pong, and as you slowly progress around the first room you see the consoles though out the decades. There is the evolution of home consoles from the 1970’s to present day. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox to PlayStation, there is pretty much ever console you could think of, right there for you to play. We were all in awe.
There were large arcade games such as, B.S.B.B II (Big Steel Battalion Box), which is this a safe looking thing with a sliding door. You walk in and there is a seat, screen, headset, and a million controls. This game is supposed to simulate being in a giant walking robot. I personally couldn’t even figure out how to get my robot to move, which I was really sad about.
There was games all over the place – Mario Kart, Legend of Zelda, Zork Nemesis, Tetris, Pac-Man, and so forth. Then walking into the second room, you see a room of everyone playing a tournament. When we were there, a Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament was going on with about 20 players. I almost wanted to hop on, but I knew I would never leave that room.
There was also a projector set up to play Rock band with all the instruments (Editor's Note: Wow. Remember Rock Band?!).
In conclusion, this is definitely an amazing nerdy destination to pop into if you are in or around Oakland, Ca. I will definitely be returning when I visit again, this time giving myself more time to spend there. The MADE is located at 3400 Broadway Oakland, CA. Have fun and happy gaming!
You can also check out their website at www.themade.org for more info.
Have you been to the MADE? What are your secret nerdy destinations? Let Nerdbot know in the comments!