Everything you need to know about the National Videogame Museum

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Tell your boss adventure is calling and pack your bags for Frisco - the National Videogame Museum awaits.

Seriously, get on that. Time's a-wastin' while the trio behind this fantastic museum adds the finishing touches to their new home, finally set to open its doors late December. In case you're behind on America's first national dedication to the video game industry, I've prepared a list of all the crucial details and fun facts you'll need to make the trip, starting with convincing yourself and loved ones that this unique gem deserves proper recognition.

Published Dec. 3rd 2015
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  • Mathenaut
    This is great. I love everything about what they're doing.

    I only worry for what certain recent elements will do to try and twist this. It's precious, I don't want to see what they'd do to it.
  • Zanne Nilsson
    Featured Correspondent
    Great article! It's wonderful to see that there are people out there taking video game preservation seriously. Hope I can make it down to Texas sometime to see this place.
  • Gabriella Graham
    Thank you! I've never wanted to go to Texas so badly. Maybe I can drag some family down and convince them to take video games (and my passion, by extension) a little more seriously, too. I feel like that arcade could keep my sister busy for hours - she practically lived in them when she was a teenager.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    That spelling of 'videogame' sends me into such a rage. Firstly, it's incorrect. It's 'video game'. As an editor, my lawful neutral alignment rejects this grammatical fallacy.

    Secondly, despite their reasoning, making a term one word isn't some sort of magic bullet that will make people recognize and legitimize a medium. Video gaming is already its own thing (and it didn't take deleting a space on a few keyboards to get here). Besides, that action -in a way- delegitimizes other media forms of gaming that remain two words, like 'tabletop games' and 'card games'. What about those? Are tabletop games not allowed the same level of legitimacy because they don't have a museum body to lobby for changing the term to 'tabletopgames'?
  • Gabriella Graham
    I enjoyed their reasoning, but I know what you mean. It felt wrong every time I typed it out. To really drive their effort home, I feel like you'd have to change the name entirely, not just delete the space inbetween two words, and that isn't realistic.

    Changing the connotation and impressions of video games on non-gamers should be enough without having to make it extra symbolic. Look at what hip hop did with a racial slur, for example. An entire culture was able to reclaim a word without changing it, and one with considerably more negative stigma than gamers face.

    You make a good point about the delegitimatizing other forms. I'm going to lose my mind if words like "tabletopgames" become a thing. I think that's the English major in me talking though.

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