It’s not every day you get to journey back in time to your childhood but I was able to do just that the other week when I checked out The Nostalgia Box – Australia’s first (and best) video game museum. As I walked in the front door I was greeted by the smiling faces of Jessie and Stefan, the owners who are an absolute delight. It’s extremely clear from the outset that they are super passionate about video games and even more passionate about taking people on a journey through video game history.
On one side of the museum are display cabinets with pretty much every console ever created and on the other is a gaming station where you can go hands on with games of childhoods past. The console display area is arranged by release year and a short zigzag around will have you stopping to read small pieces of information and fun facts. For those that don’t enjoy reading they have created must read information cards that will give you the important bits and of course the other section has consoles for people to enjoy.
It really is amazing how much The Nostalgia Box has managed to fit into such a small area; Jessie and Stefan have created a haven for gamers of all generations. I was lucky enough to have both of them relatively to myself and we discussed games at length for over an hour and swapped stories of our favourite memories and games. I certainly didn’t spend as much time as I would have like in the museum but I did manage to get down and dirty with some Street Fighter 2, Mrs Pacman and Super Mario Kart, all of which I am incredibly terrible at now (how did that happen?). If you’re planning a day out at The Nostalgia Box, definitely make it a whole day out; you will need to spend at least 2-3 hours there to fully appreciate the set-up.
Check out the interview I had with Stefan below and be sure to check them out on their sites and in person. The Nostalgia Box is an experience not to be missed if you are ever in Perth.