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Map of AppleⅠ AppleⅠ PC 5150 Engelbart Mouse The Kingdom Of The Winds
Map of PC 5150
Map of Engelbart Mouse
Map of The Kingdom Of The Winds

Inspired by Brenda Laurel’s book 『Computers as Theatre』, Nexon Computer Museum’s 1st floor exhibition “Welcome Stage” offer visitors unique experience of walking through the exhibition area that is designed like a computer motherboard. While navigating through our vast collections, visitors can learn core features of personal computers along with their history and development; input/output, CPU, memory, graphic, sound and network.

The collection includes the original Apple I – one of the first modern personal computers, the first computer mouse prototype invented by Douglas Engelbart, the PC 5150 – first computer to use term ‘Personal Computer (PC)’, and the first home video game console Magnavox Odyssey.

Exhibition also features the early version of The Kingdom of The Winds – the longest serviced commercial graphical MMORPG, which has been restored as part of Nexon Computer Museum’s computer software preservation project.

1FWelcome Stage Computers as Theatre

AppleⅠ
the first Apple's publicly-introduced microcomputer with a keyboard and a television set
AppleⅠ

The Apple I is the first personal computer released by Apple in 1976, designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Distinctive from other personal computers in the same era such as the Altair 8800 that use toggled switches and LED lights to input and output data, the Apple I allow connection to keyboard and television set (monitor). Thus the Apple I is known for its influential role on modern personal computer history. About total of two hundred Apple I units were known to be sold, and Nexon Computer Museum is currently displaying one of the only six known remain functioning Apple I in the world.

IBM PC 5150
the first IBM computer, open for everyone on developing peripheral hardware and software
IBM PC 5150

The PC 5150 is one of the first IBM machines to use the label ‘Personal Computer (PC).’ Due to IBM’s open architecture policy, other computer manufactures could produce peripheral components and compatible software without purchasing licenses from IBM. This became a pivotal turning point for personal computer industry, led the PC 5150 to its huge market success and influenced 『Time』 magazine to retrospectively name personal computer as the “Man of the Year” at the end of 1982.

Doulas Engelbart's mouse
The first computer mouse
Doulas Engelbart's mouse

Computer mouse was first invented by Douglas Engelbart and his fellow researchers at Stanford Research Institution (SRI) in 1964. Their mouse used two wheels each connected with potentiometer to detect hand movements and convert them into digital signal. Later computer mouse became one of the most crucial input devices as wide market spread of GUI (Graphical User Interface) in common computer workspace, such as Mac OS and Windows operation system. The two wheels inside the first computer mouse were replaced by trackball (ball mouse) and LEDs (optical mouse).

The Kingdom Of The Winds
the longest running commercial graphical MMORPG
The Kingdom Of The Winds

The Kingdom of The Winds is a first game developed by Nexon in 1996, and currently known as the longest serviced commercial graphical MMORPG.

The game has recently been restored as part of Nexon Computer Museum’s computer digital archiving project, to emerge public and academic interest towards the history of online games.