Gabriel Knight returns, Museum of Play finds the mother lode, and MadCatz touts its M.O.J.O.

It’s official: The Museum of Play in Rochester, New York has acquired all of the games. Okay, not all. But some 7000 of them, including the entire library of Famicom, Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo 64, and fifteen other Japanese systems. Plan your trips now.

But maybe you’re sick of old games since you spent last weekend at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, during which four, um, brand-new Atari 2600 and 7800 games were shown, including Space Rocks and Seaweed Assault. Pray for HD remakes?

Gordan Midwood must hate proper syntax. His studio, different cloth, is making a game, lilt line too!, a rather choice-looking sequel to a snazzy iOS game that also came to WiiWare. If you want this in your hands, get on board.

Schools are starting to pick up on videogames’ usefulness beyond a round of Oregon Trail. Emerson College’s Engagement Labs, for instance, develops games to connect communities and inspire civic change. Their newest, Habit@, aims to improve a local city square. More high scores like that, please.

Since free-to-play depends on games reaching the widest possible audience, by nature they tend to avoid taking risks in art style, theme, or gameplay mechanics…

Jani Kahrama, CEO of ZenBound developer Secret Exit, on why free-to-play games lack the same spirit as other indie projects. Read the rest at Develop here.

Wait a sec… now MadCatz has a micro-console coming out? These be crazy, crazy times. M.O.J.O. is yet another small box that runs Android games on your TV. Pre-order yours today for $250.

This is either great or horrible news, depending on your proclivities. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, the 1993 point-and-click adventure classic, is getting remade by the series creators, including writer Jane Jensen. Check out the original below to get you in that voodoo mood.