About the Video Game Heritage Institute

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The Video Game Heritage Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Salt Lake County, Utah. Our mission is to preserve the cultural heritage and promote the art of video games, and support other nonprofit organizations in their own missions. VGHI’s vision is to become a nexus of information on the art, science, and cultural impact of video games, and to provide a comprehensive resource for all persons interested in or affected by interactive media.

Did you know?

Experts predict, due to hardware failures and data degradation, in as little as 10 years most video game titles from the 70's will be lost forever. The same thing hapened with film in the early days, and the loss is felt even today by film scholars and art historians.  Video games are an undeniably significant and important component of our history, and ought to be preserved for future generations.

Our Projects

Here is how we plan to fulfil our mission:

  1. The Collection
    We are still building our collection of games and hardware and are doing our best to make sure that NOTHING is lost. If you have ANYTHING that you don't play anymore, we want it! Even if it's broken, because we may be able to fix or restore it. Call 801-783-0989 to make a donation today!
  2. Charitable Arcade
    The Charitable Arcade project is our way of utilizing our mission to assist other nonprofit organizations in accomplishing their own. First, VGHI and another nonprofit organization (or a donor who has selected another nonprofit organization) split the cost to purchase of a classic coin-op arcade machine. Then VGHI restores the machine as neccesary and it is then set up for public enjoyment; typically this is at a local business who has generously provided the space for the machine. The machine is maintained by VGHI and proceeds from the game are split between VGHI and the other organization.
  3. Historical Sites
    The Video Game Heritage Institute is dedicated to preserving the history and stories of our favorite young medium. Our volunteers conduct research into certain monumental moments in the History of Video Games and we donate plaques to be placed at the locations of these events with a brief account of the events, as well as articles detailing the events on our website.
  4. Preserve - Archive
    The VGHI Archive will protect games from time itself. Our current approach is to seal 3 copies of every game, and the necessary hardware to play the games, away in a climate controlled environment.
  5. Play - Library
    The VGHI Library will allow people to borrow certain titles, and play the games using all of the original equipment that the games were originally designed to be played with.
  6. Learn - Museum
    The VGHI Museum will focus on sharing the entire history of the games. Highlighting the impact that games have had on our culture at large, and the story of how they came to be.

Preserving electronic resources is a prevailing problem in the library/archive industry and video games present a unique challenge. Show your support for VGHI today and save these games for future generations.