The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE) has kicked off its second fundraising campaign this month, with the Level 2 fundraising drive starting out to reach a goal of $20,000, which will fund the operation of the MADE for another six months.

Based in Oakland, California, The MADE is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of videogames their presentation as art. Their Level 1 fundraiser resulted in both facilities and the first exhibit hosted by the Museum last year, when $20,000 was raised on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com.

Alex Handy, director of The MADE says:

“In the four months since we opened the doors of the MADE, we’ve accomplished every goal we set. Our students are learning Python, our attendees are playing significant games across many systems, and our community has grown to support talks, tournaments and co-working days.”

“Indie developers are working on their games at The MADE, and our students are enthusiastically learning math as a by-product of their programming lessons. Now, we just need to ensure the MADE’s continued operation through tax-deductible financial contributions.”

Henry Lowood is a founder member of The MADE’s board of directors when he isn’t Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections at Stanford University Libraries.

“Digital games without a doubt have become one of the central creative media available for entertainment, art and other forms of expression. So much so that contemporary cultural history is difficult to talk about without including digital games. As a result, not only will the history of this medium be lost if we do not preserve the history of digital games, but there is more at stake: we will be unable to provide a complete cultural history of our times.”

Donors interested in supporting the MADE can donate at
http://www.themade.org/node/84 via PayPal, Google Wallet, and Amazon Payments.

The MADE’s first exhibit, the History of 3D, will be appearing in its entirety at Game Developers Conference in March, and all of the included games will be playable on the show floor. That exhibit will include the following games:

1982 Atari 5200 – Star Raiders
1983 Vectrex – Web Warp
1989 Arcade/Xbox – Hard Drivin
1991 Arcade/PS2 – Star Blade
1992 Arcade/Saturn – Virtua Racing
1993 SNES – Starfox
1993 Arcade/32x – Virtua Fighter
1994 3D0 – Alone in the Dark
1994 Pippin – Marathon
1995 Virtual Boy – Red Alarm
1995 PS1 – Wipeout
1996 Saturn – Nights Into Dreams
1996 N64 – Super Mario 64
1988 Mac – The Colony
1992 Mac – Wolfenstein 3D
1993 Mac – Pathways Into Darkness
1993 Mac – Doom
1995 Mac – Descent
1996 Mac – Quake

…and you can get a sneak peak of it here:

Great video, despite the 1980s sitcom theme tune soundtrack…