The National Videogame Museum, located in Sheffield, England, is a magical wonderland of retro and vintage gaming stuff saved from the basements of former children across the world. Unlike most museums, however, it lets you touch the stuff, as they explain in their mission statement:
Videogames are meant to be played, and that is the underlying thought behind each and every exhibit in the museum. This means that we will do everything in our power to allow museum patrons the opportunity to actually PLAY as many games as possible during their visit to the National Videogame Museum.
Sounds like our kind of museum. But now we've all got the chance to be a part of it forever, by submitting our Animal Crossing: New Horizons islands to the NVM's "Animal Crossing Diaries", where they hope to document the response to COVID-19 as it happened within Tom Nook's little slice of heaven.
It's no surprise that the cultural moment that was Animal Crossing during a pandemic is museum-worthy: we've had celebrities going mad for the game (they're just like us!), companies from IKEA to LEGO recreating their products in the AC:NH world, and creative innovators designing in-game wrinkles, vitiligo, and stretchmarks to better represent the diversity of its players.
You can submit your island and/or answer a few questions to the National Videogame Museum on their special Animal Crossing website, and although there's no guarantee it'll make it into the final exhibition, it's your chance to be part of history (and show off your lush landscaping)!
Games are made to be played.
Other than profit (in the future) I do not see ANY reason in keeping sealed copies.
@Zuljaras I'm with you (in the record world, it's really annoying to me that someone will buy every vinyl color varient and keep them sealed???), but I kind of think it's OK if there is one archival society, or something of the sort. Otherwise all physical media will definitely deteriorate far faster. If there is but one to look at that works in a museum in 100 years, I think that's good! But yes, I want to open up that E-reader in the picture...so...badly...
@Zuljaras I open my games but I have started to go digital. As I do that, I buy a physical copy when I see them on sale and leave them sealed. I like the idea of a physical backup incase any issues ever happened with my account or Nintendo shuts things down etc. In a way, I'm double supporting my favourite companies? haha
"Celebrities are just like us!!!"
Phew.. thank you for letting me know about that. All this time I thought for sure that they were lizardmen or aliens from outer space. Surely knowing this has brought me quite the inner peace.
@Zuljaras Thats what I like to do with mine as well, however unless keeping a game or product sealed is interfering with someone else's enjoyment of it I find nothing wrong with just keeping your personal copy that way.
An exhibit like this being made in a museum at the same time the pandemic is going is a bit odd since it's still a current thing. Don't Museums usually wait some time before they do things like that? Or will they call in the news section of the museum?
Can't wait to see this on display right next to the celebrity "imagine" video and an empty display for toilet paper.
"...saved from the basements of countless virgins around the world."
Don’t compare us to “celebrities”. I couldn’t care less if they are playing the same games I am. The majority of them are self righteous imbeciles that think their opinions are more meaningful than ours so just because they give their blessing on something doesn’t make that something more special. Celebrities are nothing more than performing monkeys there for our amusement.
it would be interesting to see my Animal Crossing island in a museum; Cherries will be adored by all. and yes, i know the town name is a bad pun.
I live in Dallas, about 30 minutes from here. This place is an incredible experience! I highly recommend it.
Thank you so much for the coverage of our project! As a heads up though: we're actually the UK's National Videogame Museum based in Sheffield, England 😁
The Frisco NVM is also AMAZING, but we're totally different organisations!
@Zenszulu That's a really good point! A lot of what we do is called 'contemporary collecting' which is basically a museum term for collecting stuff as soon as it happens. Stuff like this project is social and oral history too - so it's very transient. Catching it as soon as it happens is the best way to accurately capture a lot of these stories.
There's a whole bunch of research we're doing about this too, and I'd be happy to share with you if you'd like more info!
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