Save the National Video Game Museum
Since its inception in 2018, the National Video Game Museum (NVM) has housed an extensive historical collection of game memorabilia. It’s also an interactive museum where people can play decades-old retro video games like Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Like many other museums around the world, the NVM has been hit hard by mandatory closures due to the pandemic. However, since NVM is the only such facility in Europe, it has also attracted its fair share of support.
A week after the NVM was due to close in mid-March 2020, the British Games Institute, which owns and operates the museum, appealed for support from the local community. It started its now successful fundraiser which was supported both by the public as well as global video game companies like Rockstar Games, Fusebox and the THQ Nordic / Embracer group.
Thanks to the influx of support, the gaming community has managed to raise Â£ 200,000 to keep NVM alive. This is good news for socially hungry gamers in the locked out city. âThere is a real social aspect, especially when you enter the museum. Our multiplayer games allow up to eight players. Seeing random people sit down, bond, laugh, have so much fun, is one of the big parts of what video games do, it brings people together. NVM chief communications officer Conor Clarke said in an interview with The Star. Following government announcements that museums and galleries could be allowed to reopen by May 17, 2021, the future certainly looks bright for the NVM.
Dedicated to the cultural preservation of video games, the NVM is where you’ll find some of the world’s most unique exhibits. For example, on its website, the NVM explains the rationale for its unique Platform 14: Donkey Kong exhibit. As an iconic game, Donkey Kong has spawned several iterations across various platforms. This makes it the perfect game to lead the first in a series of exhibitions devoted to examining the variations between different versions of the same game.
From the first official Nintendo game to its latest releases on various personal computers, portable devices and consoles, Donkey Kong has certainly left its mark in modern gaming culture. In an article on some of the most influential games in history, Foxy Games explains how Donkey Kong, released in 1981, even reincarnated into an online slot machine called King Kong Cash. While other old school games like Street Fighter and Star Raiders have also inspired online slots, only Donkey Kong has been ported so much to so many different platforms. This explains why it’s the perfect way to launch NVM’s Platform 14 series, which is also just one of the many different attractions in the museum.
If you want to relive arcade games like Gunblade, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Ms Pacman, there is the arcade section. Meanwhile, in a section called Playthings, you can take a closer look at almost 300 rarities from the gaming world, including the Lemmings Adventure Gamebook, an N64 Gold controller, and the older Magnavox Odyssey console.
It’s no wonder Sheffield and the gaming community at large have been rushing to keep NVM open. And if things go as planned, you might even be able to visit these exhibits yourself soon enough.