As if the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield wasn’t enough, I had another game-related museum trip recently. This was an almost completely opposite experience in fact! I headed to London’s famous V&A museum to see their temporary exhibition, Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt. This was a much more traditional museum setup than the National Videogame Museum, notwithstanding the non-traditional subject matter. Continue reading
Games seem to be cropping up more and more in museums these days. I think it’s fair to say that games are gradually becoming more respectable in the art/museum world. I first noticed this when maybe a year ago, I visited a small town in the West Midlands called Walsall and popped in an impressive looking building called The New Art Gallery Walsall. In the foyer was a standalone painting depicting two fighters squaring off. Unsurprisingly the accompanying blurb explained the piece was inspired by a game, Tekken if I remember rightly, and the artist’s fond memories of competitive bouts.
That’s a small example of games intruding in an unexpected location, and there seem to be more and more these days. Adroit readers may recall a post about my visit to the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham back in 2015. I greatly enjoyed visiting then with Maya and decided to revisit with my brother in December 2018. Imagine my surprise to learn that the place has not only changed nomenclature from arcade to museum – it is now the National Videogame Museum – but it also relocated from Nottingham to the heart of Sheffield! Not too far away from its old home, but still. New city, new name, what else is new? Continue reading
Games Plus is easily one of my favourite game shops to visit – and it’s also the least conventional. Like my previous posts on videogame related shops in the UK, I’m going to explain a bit about this shop and my recent experiences there. The first thing to say was that I found this shop by accident. I had heard rumblings of a game shop in Sparkhill, but with no website and Google Streetview not forthcoming, it seemed likely that there was maybe a shop there once upon a time. Continue reading
I’ve seen videogames take centre stage in a museum once before: the Game On exhibition came to the Science Museum in London in 2006, and I was pretty bowled over by it at the time. But that was a temporary exhibition, while Gamecity/The National Videogame Arcade (the website reveals a bit of an identity crisis about what this place is actually called) is the first permanent museum space in the UK dedicated to videogames in all their glory. So naturally we headed down to Nottingham to check it out. Continue reading
This is a series of posts dedicated to independent and interesting videogame shops in the UK with a focus on those that sell retro/import games, both those that have perished and those that still survive today. We could always do with tip-offs of new or old places to cover, and would love to get memories or perspectives of the shops featured, so please take the time to comment. With the rise of the internet, dedicated retro videogame retailers are becoming scarcer and harder to find. This series will cover London for the most part since that’s where I’m based but I’m interested in other parts of the UK as well. This is the fourth post (check out the previous posts on The Video Gallery in Islington, Crazy Thumbs in Tooting and Entertainment World in Birmingham) and this time around we’re looking at Awesome Games in Walthamstow, London. Continue reading