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
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