Game Cartridge Technology - Icons of the 20th Century - Perfect for the Game Room


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About this Artwork 

This is a mixed media artwork exhibiting a collection of game console cartridges used in various games. The cartridges selected for this artwork best represent the game technology and market from the last century. This collection covers a period of about 25 years, 1976 to 1999. The increase in game processing power during this period is over 750 times. In the beginning, games started out with 8 colors and by 1996 were using over 16 million colors. These games went from a resolution of fewer than 6,000 pixels to over 300,000.

Before 1976, game consoles came with a fixed set of games, most based on the PONG video game. Jerry Lawson, of Fairchild Semiconductor and one of the few black engineers in the industry at the time, led a team of software, hardware, industrial engineers, and artists to develop the innovative Channel F. Building a removable cartridge was not a simple task electrically nor mechanically. The console and the cartridge had to be protected from the user. Repetitive and rough use had to be expected. The art developed for the cartridges was bold and bright, setting the standard for the evolving Game Industry. The Atari 2600 followed with a simplified design and a wider variety of game choices. Then Nintendo and Sega hopped aboard the fast-moving game cartridge train.

This artwork is a great display for those interested in game technology or for the video gamer. Also, this would make a great companion piece to my Digital Game Technology, which focuses on the chips that made digital gaming possible.


The artwork is a 16"x20" in a black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

Please note:  The look of the artifacts in the artworks may vary, each piece is unique. The game titles will be those shown in the picture unless otherwise requested. If you have specific requests for game titles, let me know.