The National Center for the History of Electronic Games (NCHEG) has acquired The Videotopia Collection, which includes 114 vintage arcade machines, from the Electronics Conservancy, an organization devoted to preserving and restoring "artifacts and information detailing the history of the electronic medium".

The Electronic Conservancy brought its touring Videotopia exhibit to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York last May, which also houses NCHEG. Though Videotopia attracted "tens of thousands" of visitors, the hands-on exhibit was slated to close on November 1st. Now that NCHEG has purchased the collection, however, it will extend Videotopia and allow attendees to play its games through January 3rd, 2010

After next January, the museum hopes to create a smaller display for the games on the second floor, as well as a major permanent exhibit titled The Revolutionary World of Electronic Play. The latter is planned for 2012 and will cover some 15,000 square feet.

The Revolutionary World of Electronic Play's presentation will be guided by the NCHEG's document published last year describing the potential exhibit titled Concentric Circles: A Lens for Exploring the History of Electronic Games -- you can download it as a PDF from the center's site.

"This arcade video-game collection perfectly complements the museum’s mission, which is to explore play as it illuminates American cultural history," says NCHEG's director Jon-Paul Dyson. "You can’t tell the history of play in America without talking about the impact of video games."

"From Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to Space Invaders and Tetris, these games have captured our imaginations, given us iconic characters, and launched a revolution that has affected the way we play, learn, and relate to each other. The Videotopia Collection will help us to preserve this important part of play history for scholars and the general public for many years to come.”

The full list of classic arcade games in The Videotopia Collection follows:

1. Arabian
2. Assault
3. Asteroids
4. Asteroids Deluxe
5. Atari Football
6. Avalanche
7. Battlezone
8. Berzerk
9. Black Widow
10. Blaster
11. Blasteroids
12. Breakout
13. Bubbles
14. Centipede
15. Computer Space
16. Cosmic Chasm
17. Crater Raider
18. Crystal Castles
19. Cyber Sled
20. Defender
21. Defender Stargate
22. Dig Dug
23. Discs of Tron
24. Dominos
25. Donkey Kong
26. Donkey Kong 3
27. Donkey Kong Jr.
28. Dragon Spirit
29. Dragon's Lair
30. Eliminator
31. Empire Strikes Back
32. Exterminator
33. F-15 Strike Eagle
34. Fire Truck
35. Food Fight
36. Frogger
37. Galaga
38. Galaxian
39. Galaxy Rescue
40. Gauntlet
41. Gauntlet Legends
42. G-LOC
43. Gorf
44. Gravitar
45. Gumball Rally
46. Gun Fight
47. Hot Rod
48. I, Robot
49. Indiana Jones
50. Joust
51. KLAX
52. LeMans
53. Liberator
54. Lunar Lander
55. Major Havoc
56. Marble Madness
57. Mortal Combat
58. Missile Command
59. Ms. Pac-Man
60. NBA Showtime
61. Night Driver
62. Pac-Man
63. Paperboy
64. Pole Position
65. Pong
66. Popeye
67. Prop Cycle
68. Q*bert
69. Quantum
70. Quick & Crash
71. Race Drivin'
72. Radar Scope
73. Rampart
74. Red Baron
75. Road Blasters
76. Road Runner
77. Robotron: 2084
78. Root Beer Tapper
79. Satan’s Hollow
80. S.T.U.N Runner
81. Sega Super GT
82. Shark Jaws
83. Sinistar
84. Skydiver
85. Space Attack
86. Space Duel
87. Space Encounters
88. Space Harrier
89. Space Invaders
90. Space War
91. Star Blade
92. Star Trek
93. Star Wars
94. Super Sprint
95. Tac/Scan
96. Tank II
97. Tekken
98. Tempest
99. Terminator 2
100. Tetris
101. Time Traveler
102. Track & Field
103. Tranquilizer Gun
104. Tron
105. Virtua Racing
106. Vs.Super Mario Bros.
107. Warlords
108. Warrior
109. Witch Hunt
110. Xevious
111. Xybots
112. Zaxxon
113. Zektor
114. Zoo Keeper