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ICHEG adds trove of nearly 7,000 Japanese games to its collection

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One of the world's largest collections of Japanese video games is now part of the catalog at the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) at The Strong in Rochester, N.Y., the museum announced today.

Spanning nearly 7,000 titles across 22 video game systems, the massive collection covers the 1980s and 1990s and includes numerous rare items. The Strong acquired the group of games from two French collectors, the brothers André and Sylvio Hodos, who originally put the collection up on eBay for $1.2 million last year. According to Wired Game|Life, The Strong paid significantly less than that to acquire the trove of games.

"After giving two decades of our lives to completing these sets and capturing nearly 20 years of console video gaming history, it is a great honor to know that our collection will have a 'good home' and will be preserved for future generations by one of the most respected museums in the world," said André Hodos in a press release from The Strong.

"The history of this collection underscores the global nature of video game technology and game play," added Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the ICHEG.

You can check out seven photos of items from the collection in the gallery below. For more on the ICHEG at The Strong, check out our feature on the museum.

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