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'Madden NFL' Exhibit Tosses Football Gaming Fans a Throwback Thrill

 The Museum of the Moving Image will offer five playable versions of the game through the years.
Madden NFL Exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image
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ASTORIA — It's a touchdown for Madden fans.

While the city gets ready to celebrate the upcoming Super Bowl, football fans can get into the game virtually at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, where a current exhibit explores the history of the sport's most popular video game franchise.

"Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running" takes a look back at the history of the EA SPORTS game and how it's evolved since its debut in 1988, and includes five different playable versions of the game, including the original "John Madden Football" on Apple II.

"There is no better time than now to present the story of the Madden NFL phenomenon at the Museum. The Super Bowl is in town and the Madden NFL franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary," Carl Goodman, the museum's director, said in a statement announcing the exhibit.

"Madden NFL is a premier example of how a sports simulation video game has influenced how the sport is presented on television and experienced by fans."

The exhibit offers playable consoles so museum-goers can try their hands at different versions of the game through the years, including "Madden NFL ’94" on Sega Genesis, "Madden NFL 99"on PlayStation, "Madden NFL 2005" on Xbox and the new "Madden NFL 25" on Xbox One.

It also features a timeline of the game's history and how its features and graphics have changed through the years.

"The Madden NFL franchise offers a compelling story about the significant influence blockbuster video games have in popular culture," Jason Eppink, the museum's associate curator of digital media, said in a statement.

"Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running," will be on display at the Museum of the Moving Image at 36-01 35th Ave. until Feb. 23. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors with ID and $6 for children 3 to 12 years old.