Will Wright Donates Design Documents to Museum

| 30 Sep 2010 12:20

A significant slice of videogame history is now, appropriately enough, in a museum, thanks to the brain behind some of the biggest games of all time.

Sim City creator Will Wright has donated a large collection of notes and design documents to the Strong National Museum of Play's International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) in Rochester, NY.

The nine graph paper notebooks span almost the entirety of Wright's career and include sketches, doodles and handwritten notes showing the very earliest stages of games like The Sims, Sim City 2000 and Spore. Also included are notes regarding business matters, as well as outlines for the various talks and speeches that Wright has given explaining his methods and philosophies over the years.

ICHEG's director Jon-Paul Dyson said that the Center was pleased to preserve the documents, which charted the development of some of the most important games of all time. Wright said that that he was proud to support the ICHEG, as it was preserving a part of modern culture that was frequently overlooked, and yet had a fundamental impact on who we were.

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games has a huge collection of arcade cabinets, consoles, handhelds and games. You can find out more about it on its official website.

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