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French Government Lobbied To Establish Retro Gaming Museum

Posted by Brad Long

Now there's an idea we can all agree with!

MO5 - a group of retro video gaming fans - has lobbied the French government to start up a retro video game museum.

More specifically, it's after a "National Institute of Digital Sciences", where visitors can view - and play - classic systems.

MO5 members between them currently own around 30,000 games and 1,500 different game systems. They have specifically targeted the Paris Science Museum, the French National Library, and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (who is the French Minister of State, so in the delightful position of developing the digital economy) to realise their dream of getting the museum started.

Be sure to check out the MO5 website as they have a lot of awesome retro stuff on it, including a picture of a SNES development kit for those interested in seeing what that kind of stuff looked like! Not sure about letting everyone play some of the older systems though, but if anyone can maintain them properly, the guys at MO5 would be a safe bet.

[via gamepolitics.com, mo5.com]

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User Comments (29)

MarkyVigoroth

#2

MarkyVigoroth said:

...good thing that I took a French course and have a French program.
(However, I am currently going for Japanese.)

Roopa132

#4

Roopa132 said:

Man I hope it's near the border to Germany so I can visit it sometime :) My french isn't that good but larger European museums mostly have everything in the lanugage of the country where it is and English.

Chunky_Droid

#6

Chunky_Droid said:

It would be really cool if MO5 can pull this off, and other countries following suit afterwards :)

Rawk_Hawk

#7

Rawk_Hawk said:

If I am ever in France I will check this out for sure. Oh and some of that food as well.

Kevin

#12

Kevin said:

Cool, maybe I'll learn French now. Lol! I'm joking, I'm joking! I have no interest in learning foreign languages. Still this is pretty interesting being the hardcore retro gamer that I am.

Reala

#13

Reala said:

Doesn't the UK have such a museum too? also wonder how they define retro, I mean is Dreamcast a retro console now.

Objection

#14

Objection said:

Kevin: Cool, maybe I'll learn French now. Lol! I'm joking! I have no interest in learning foreign languages. Lol, this sums up the US pretty well. Don't think I'm hating, I also don't speak much of anything. Too bad this seems unlikely to happen anywhere near where I live.

Omega

#16

Omega said:

I learnt some french in school but I don't remember anything. I honestly wish I knew more languages and had the ability to remember them. German is the only language that I really know. Obviously, because it's my mother language.

But anyway this is a very interesting idea to establish such a museum.

Saisinkolimonadin

#18

Saisinkolimonadin said:

There was a turning point in my student life when I had to choose between German and French lessons. Now I wish I would've chosen otherwise.

JamieOStaff

#21

JamieO said:

Excellent, superb and brilliant news. The more that government and councils recognise video games as an entertainment medium on par with music and film, the happier I will be.
The collection "around 30,000 games and 1,500 different game systems" sounds absolutely marvellous. Hats off to the French..."Merveilleux !"
The more video game libraries, museums and archives the better.
Do UK gamers remember the news last year about the 'National Media Museum' in Bradford, with its links to Nottingham Trent University. I really should head down there for a visit.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/7639508.stm
Has anyone visited the UK 'National Media Museum', yet ?

WanderFan91

#22

WanderFan91 said:

Quoi? C'est un idee' magnifique! :)
Sorry, I still remember some French I took the first two years of high school. Can you blame me?
Still, that sounds like a great idea. :) Though, I don't live in France [I've only ever twice been there in an airport].

WanderFan91

#23

WanderFan91 said:

I also happen to own a English/French pocket dictionary, so I can look up any French words whenever I want. Sweet! ;)

RevolverLink

#25

RevolverLink said:

I took four years of French back in middle/high school and never really approached fluency, although I'll occasionally surprise myself at what I do remember. My family is from France, though, so I'm sure some relatives would be willing to help me out, should I decide to visit and see this museum. :)

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