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It’s been a sad truism of the video game medium that even its best hardware and software can wind up as just so much cultural ephemera. It’s tough to track down working models of the influential stand-up machines of the early arcade era, much less the weird knock-offs and outliers like “Jungle King” that never got as big as “Pac-Man” or “Donkey Kong.” The same phenomenon goes for home consoles, too. One year’s wished-for Christmas present became next year’s trash pick-up and, as a result, many of the machines seen in the “Insane Console History Video 2.0.” are lost to the dustbins of history.

The Insane Console History Video 2.0 from Elder-Geek on Vimeo.

John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli want to change that. They already organize the Classic Gaming Expo but want to establish The Videogame History Museum as a full-time home for the wonders that can be seen there. The preservationists brought their pitch to this year’s E3, where the pre-historic foundations of the industry’s current sound and fury were a big hit among attendees. Everything from rare prototypes to actual working systems to marketing ephemera was on display, but it had to go back to some storage locker after the show was done.

The aim, then, of the VGHM is to keep these artifacts on permanent display to document the beginnings of the multibillion-dollar games industry and inspire those who’d like to join the ranks of engineers and developers who made it happen. They’ve got the blessing of David Crane, creator of the classic “Pitfall” and one of the founders of Activision. Crane says:

“I have always wished you success in finding a permanent home for your collection, which I consider to be the most comprehensive repository of videogame collectibles and memorabilia in the world.”

So, the trio of retro-enthusiast gentlemen have launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather the funds to make the museum a reality. Whether you’re a lapsed gamer or one for whom the fire still burns, consider making a donation to house the silicon and code that changed the world.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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