Wilmington, DE (PressExposure) March 14, 2011 -- Two of McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds' best-selling games, the word game You've been Sentenced! and the memory game Twisted Fish, were recently added to the permanent collection at The Strong, the world's most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.
"Inclusion of our games by The Acquisition Committee is an incredible honor," says McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds CEO Donald McNeill. "The Strong is devoted to preserving for future generations the rich history and diversity of play - from well known, traditional offerings like Monopoly, Sorry, and Scrabble to "the new classics" like You've been Sentenced! and Twisted Fish."
Located in Rochester, New York, The Strong displays thousands of play-related objects throughout the museum building. The exhibitions are open to the public, as well as researchers and collectors.
In addition to the collection, The Strong has five programmatic arms called "Play Partners." These are the National Museum of Play, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, and the American Journal of Play.
Founded in 2004, McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds quickly gained attention in the toy and game industry with the release of its flagship product, the word game You've been Sentenced! The game has consistently been recognized by both the toy and game industry, as well as the education community, and is the recipient of numerous national awards including:
Creative Child Magazine, Seal of Excellence
Dr. Toy Best Products
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award
Spewgie Award, Best Family Fun Game
iParenting Media Hot Product Award
FAO Schwarz Toy Auditions, Winner
National Parenting Seal of Approval
Mr. Dad Seal of Approval
George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia magazine, Hot Media for Educators
Following up its success with You've been Sentenced, McNeill Designs' has added the memory game Twisted Fish, You've been Sentenced! themed add-on decks, and more to its roster of products. Most recently, the firm announced the launch of a NASA Space Terminology Deck themed add-on deck for the You've been Sentenced! word game.
For the new deck McNeill Designs signed a Space Act Agreement with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and produced the new deck in conjunction with NASA's Education Department. Together, the two chose words that reflected the rich history and future of NASA and space exploration.