Berlin's Computer Game Museum (Computerspielemuseum) collects, conserves and performs research into the history and current status of digital interactive entertainment media. Located in the former Café Warschau in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain, the museum boasts Europe's largest collection of computer games, game consoles and game-related magazines. Since opening in 1997, it has also organised a number of international exhibitions. In January 2011, it launched its permanent exhibition "Computer Games. Evolution of a Medium". After an introduction to the cultural history of gaming, the exhibition traces the development of the computer game over the course of the past 50 years. Among the games on display are such milestones as "Odyssey", the first ever home video-game console from 1972, but also the first game computer, the Commodore C 64, and the first mass-produced arcade game, "Computer Space". Visitors quickly come to understand how games inevitably became more interesting as computer technology became more advanced. In turn, it was often game-related applications that provided the inspiration behind new innovations in hardware.
One of the key questions posed at the Computer Game Museum examines the extent to which computer games influence our perception of reality and social interaction. It also explores the creative potential – but also the risks – involved in virtual worlds. The Computer Game Museum has more than 300 items on display, 35 of which are games that visitors can try out themselves.