The National Videogame Museum will be the first permanent museum in the United Kingdom to focus on videogames and located in the middle of England: Sheffield.
The NVM hosts scores of playable consoles and arcade machines, innovative exhibitions of studios, their games and how they are made, as well as cultural festivals, clubs for kids and parents, and a host of events. The NVM will feature unique exhibitions reaching back to the industry’s birth and forward to games still in development.
This will be the “third episode” of the National Videogame Arcade, a museum in Nottingham that lasted for three and a half years and recently closed up on September 3, 2018. The NVM will launch with a “test lab” of Gang Beasts, the popular party game from developer Boneloaf. This museum will continue what the NVA did previously and attempt to create a space where game makers can meet with game players and will respond to the community’s ideas for new exhibits.
NVM Patron and BGI Chair Ian Livingstone CBE said “The NVM is the games industry’s own museum, celebrating our games, our studios and our sector’s achievements over 40 years. I invite anyone who cares about the cultural life of video games to join leaders from across the industry and support this amazing project with content, evangelism and funding to help expand the programme in the years to come.”
Currently the National Videogame Museum is supported by patrons that includes: Ian Livingstone (co-founder of Fighting Fantasy and Games Workshop), Andy Payne (British Esports Association), Sumo Digital (LittleBigPlanet 3, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing), Rebellion (Sniper Elite), Rami Ismail (Nuclear Throne, Luftrausers), and Masaya Matsuura (PaRappa the Rapper). Those interested can sign up for their newsletter via the NVM website.