Image from SKIPI by Timothy Leary

Psychedelic. (Credit: New York Public Library via The New York Times)

 

Plenty of video games are described as truly bizarre experiences, likened to an acid trip.  From Katamari Damacy to Seaman, the retro game collector will find no shortage of the unusual and strange, often from the fantasy playgrounds that emerged from Japanese developers’ minds in the 1990s.

 

But for a truly long, strange trip, one must venture to the New York Public Library, where there resides the recently rediscovered video game ventures by 1960s counterculture icon Timothy Leary.

 

As outlined in The New York Times in 2013, librarians rediscovered a trove of experimental PC games created and inspired by the famous psychologist and endorser of LSD.  The games are mostly incomplete, though at least one managed a small commercial release: Mind Mirror arrived on various home computer platforms in 1985 with the help of a little publisher known as Electronic Arts.

 

If you’re curious, you can try a modern incarnation of Mind Mirror for yourself right now on Facebook.  And if you’re in New York, be sure to pay a visit to the library for a unique peek into video game history from the most unlikely of sources.