Tonight’s museum post features an earlier catalog from Electronic Arts, circa 1990. As I mentioned in the previous EA post, I was a more of a fan of their earlier releases, and this catalog was one of my favorites, featuring not only Sega Genesis games, but computer and Nintendo ones as well, and also productivity software.
As life continues forward and I accumulate new experiences and memories, some things become forgotten regardless of how much I like them. This catalog is an example. It’s something that I’m not even aware of as it is happening. One moment the catalog occupies a large space in my consciousness, and the next it’s in a blue storage basket under my bed. I don’t even remember how it got there. Over the years, I would occasionally pull things out to see what kind of goodies I could find, and this catalog would be in that basket along with a bunch of other games-related material. Later, I cleared out the basket, only to store the docs in a clear IKEA storage box. It’s so strange how we “clean” our rooms by moving things from one corner to another.
Now, in 2017, I’ve finally scanned and disposed of the catalog. The IKEA box is empty. It’s hard to accept that life is about endings just as much as it is about beginnings, that nothing lasts forever, that all good things must come to an end. I’m still working on accepting this indisputable fact, but in the meantime I’ll share this catalog with the world. It is a fascinating look into the history of EA, before it became the behemoth that it is today. As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane.
Electronic Arts 1990-1991 Software Catalog (PDF, 12 MB)