Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

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Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Yes! Gaming is as important as music and film
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70%
Yes, but I’m not sure there would be enough interest
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24%
Not really, you can enjoy retro games in other ways
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6%
No, video games will never gain the same respect as other mediums
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Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by Duddyroar » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:32 pm

Poll time again! In the light of the recent Retro Computer Museum Open Day, we were wondering if you guys supported what these fine guys and gals are trying to do.

Do you think that the medium of video gaming is worthy of having its own permanent museum? In 50 years time will we see the Natural History Museum and Imperial War Museum joined by The Royal Video Game Museum?

Or is our hobby doomed to be treated with disdain by intellectuals?
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by Duddyroar » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:34 pm

I should also add that the best replies will be getting printed in the magazine. ;)
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by ninjabearhug » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:57 pm

I'm pretty sure there will be museums dedicated to VG's in the future, I just don't think there is enough interest in them at the moment for something permanent. That said, video game collecting is becoming a more mainstream hobby. There's even a few video games featured in the Miller's collectibles price guides, few more years and people will be trading Ming vases for them :wink:
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:10 pm

It'd be a good place to visit if they had all the stuff that usually only millionaires can find on eBay or on the black market or whatever.

Things like prototype Neptunes, Psychic Killer Toramaru, that sort of thing. Right? Not just history stuff, as it could get a bit preachy. Maybe.
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by Spooky » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:12 pm

A video game museum is definitely something that needs to be done! In fact, I even contemplated the possibility of creating one over here...
Video gaming has reached a stage in its life where it's no longer restricted to children and teenagers, most people have played video games at some point in their lives and it shouldn't be considered ludicrous to have a place where all those memories are displayed... There are many stranger kinds of museums!
And a video game museum would certainly be more interactive than most art museums!
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by Rabiteman » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:17 pm

I believe it is as worthy of such tribute as cinema, although whether the general populace also views it as such is another matter. For better or for worse, I can honestly say that gaming has provided as many significant memories as films have.

I bet that if you where to query those around in the 90s, just as many would be familiar with the plot twist in FFVII as the one in The Crying Game.

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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by batman877 » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:36 am

I seem to remember reading somewhere that a Video Games Museum already exists (in England)!

The exhibition at the Science Museum in London was pretty good a few years back but it was overly priced and too small. It was still a good insight into how a video games museum might look though!

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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by DPrinny » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:42 am

Hell yeah!!!
But dont staff it with staff from Game.
Just for the chance of a museum with the possibility of no dull bits(Just dont show or speek of the game.com)

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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by SirClive » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:43 am

There is the Centre for Computing History... http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/
It is in Suffolk and viewable by appointment only at the moment.

I am hoping to tie up a deal with them to support the Retro Reunited event.
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by DPrinny » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:49 am

^It would be nice if there was one that was open weekends and during the week by appointment only.

And if it was close to Manchester

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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:23 am

Does it warrant its own museum? Much as it pains me to say, probably not. Its been proven by numberous exhibitions that there is sufficient material to fill one, but I'm not so sure it needs a museum of its own. It would be nice, ceratinly, but culturally there are so many other things competing for that space. More touring exhibits would suit me though, so few retro events hit up our way.
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by merman » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:55 am

There is definitely a need for a bigger effort to preserve the history of video gaming.

I wrote an article on it for gamesTM last year, and there ARE museums/collections out there - the Museum of Computing in Swindo is now re-opening in its new home, and the archive at Bradford's Media Museum is building nicely.
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by SirClive » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:31 am

Museums are all well and good, but this is an interactive medium, so unless we can play on the systems then we will be missing part of the point. But I definitely do think that the history needs preserving and should be given something akin to the Film & Television place in Bradford.
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by Duddyroar » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:45 am

The aim of the RCM would be to have exhibits you can play, I believe.
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Re: Poll: Do you think video gaming deserves its own museum?

Post by David » Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:20 am

The problem with a museum of games is that people would want to play them - bnot just look at them.

stick a load of retro consoles and computers in a room and let a load of people loose on them day after day and they are gonna be broken before you know it

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