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A Virtual Exhibit to Accompany the "Game On" Exhibit in Founders Gallery


This virtual exhibit is an accompaniment to the video game console exhibit in Founders Gallery on the SW side of the first floor of Founders Memorial Library at Northern Illinois University, running August 15 through September 15, 2021. In addition to the exhibits, programming from ESports, Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, includes video game trivia and retro game play and is open to all current students, faculty, and staff.




Sega Genesis Games

PlayStation Games


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VGChartz. (May 28, 2021). Global unit sales of Nintendo DS as of May 2021, by region (in million units) [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 03, 2021, from
Wolf, M. J. P. (2008). The Video Game Explosion: A History from PONG to PlayStation and Beyond. Greenwood Press.

Special Thanks

Kimberly Shotick, Dee Anna Phares, and Michele Hunt for contributions to this guide.

Joey Crundwell, for consultation.

ESports and Friends of the Library for support.