WHAT IS VIDEO-GAME EPHEMERA?
Merriam-Webster defines “ephemera” as “paper items that were originally meant to be discarded after use.” That’s a pretty good description of the video-game-related flyers, photos and miscellaneous documents that I started to accumulate in the 1980s...well, except for the “discarded after use” part. The definition goes on to identify these items as “collectibles,” and while I won’t go as far as to suggest that they have monetary value, I have indeed been “collecting” them.
My name is Chris Bieniek. In 1975, I played my first video game at a Chicago-area
And all this time, I’ve been saving stuff. Much of it was kept out of the trash simply because the packrat in me couldn’t bear to throw it out. The collection would prove to be useful at times, even though it was never organized in any meaningful way. If I was writing an article and I needed a promotional flyer for an unreleased game, an obscure press release or a photo of Michael Jackson holding a Sega Genesis controller, I could usually find one. That is, if I was willing to dig in my file cabinets for a few hours...or weekends.
I rediscovered a lot of these
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A lot of these materials have not been seen for many years. I hope you enjoy reading the articles as much as I enjoy writing them.
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