Visiting the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin

Visiting the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin

Sometimes, we like to go on adventures that are a little closer to home. As much as we love travel, it can be nice to explore where you live. A few weeks ago, we battled the January blues by walking over the Computerspielemuseum (yup, a computer game museum) in Friedrichshain, Berlin. It was about an hour long walk away from our home, but it was so much fun and the perfect way to get out of the house without leaving the city.

It’s a nice walk to the museum.

 

Details

Address:  Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, 10243 Berlin

Arrival at the museum. We were already ready to play!

Website: http://www.computerspielemuseum.de/1210_Home.htm

Hours: 10:00-20:00 Sun-Thurs, 10:00-21:00 Fri-Sat

Ticket Prices: Regular: €9 (after 6 pm: €7)

Reduced: €6 (after 6 pm: €5) (this includes kids 6-17, students, retirees, unemployed persons, and handicapped people, with proper ID)

Family: €21 (after 6 pm: €16) (5 people max with two adults)

Kids 5 and under are free

What to Expect

The Computerspielemuseum is tucked into a building on the busy Karl-Marx-Allee. While it doesn’t look like much from the outside, it’s a lot of fun on the inside. It’s a traditional museum in some aspects. You can check out exhibits about the history of the video game, including really interesting bits about video game development during the GDR. However, it’s far more interactive than your traditional museum. There are all sorts of games, and you get to play all of them! There’s everything from  Dance Dance Revolution or DDR (a little bit of a weird name, considering the context), Wii games, Pong, and some very strange GDR games that were developed in East Berlin.

Posing welcome

The Exhibits

The traditional part of the museum contains a lot of old gaming systems. You can read about them and learn about how they were developed and changed the market at the time. There are also displays highlighting the history in gaming (including cool old systems where you would stick different covers to your TV to play the game) and showing influential games over time. It’s all very interactive, as is only fitting for a computer-based museum. There are fun videos and placards to read.

Making everyone feel old in the exhibits.

The Games

Let’s be hones, though, what you’re really excited about is the gaming part. And let me tell you, it is so cool! There’s an arcade section set up, as well as games scattered throughout the museum in roughly chronological order. For an extra fee, you can play a virtual reality simulator. We didn’t think it was worth it (those make me sick), so we enjoyed all of the available games. Instead of telling you, let me show you!

Still halfway decent at DDR (pro-tip, you can’t really hear the music on the game)
Some traditional Mario playing in the 80s themed room
The 90s themed room was just our style
Playing Tetris in the arcade section
Giant joystick for giant Pac Man!
The Pain Station is serious business. You have to sign a waiver and everything! We obviously signed the waiver cause we aren’t missing out on this.
The results from the Pain Station. Turns out I’m a baby and lost right away. What can I say, I don’t like having my hand hit repeatedly. I am told this one is a big hit with the bros.
A strange GDR-era game. There’s no way to win, you try to catch water in buckets until you drown.

Overall Impressions

We give this museum a solid 4 out of 5 stars. We enjoyed the exhibits, including the special one on space-themed games. It’s a tad cramped, and there can be a wait for machines. However, if you head in later in the day, there are fewer kids, which means more Pain Station and more time on the games! Though, it was seriously amusing watching the 10 year olds crush using the DS and then not be able to use any of the older games, including Mario. We spent about two and a half hours there, and felt like we hit it all. Overall, a good way to spend a cold afternoon!

See you next week!

-Katarina

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