National Videogame Museum to open in Sheffield
23 November 2018
The National Videogame Museum (NVM), the UK's only permanent games museum that celebrates videogames and the people who make them, opens in Sheffield this weekend ( Friday 24 November).
A fantastic new visitor attraction for the city, 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.
Following an acclaimed run in Nottingham as the National Videogame Arcade, the new museum will build on a pedigree of strong review scores, consecutive TripAdvisor awards and 50,000 visitors a year.
“We’ve always tried to do more than just put out games for people to play”, said Iain Simons, Culture Director of the BGI, which runs the NVM. “In our dynamic new space, we're bringing videogame creators into the Museum to meet their players, showing visitors what games mean and responding to our community's requests and ideas for new exhibits.”
Following the success of previous exhibitions featuring Football Manager, Dizzy and Monument Valley, the Museum is working with games companies to create new, more ambitious shows. “We're delighted to launch a test lab with Boneloaf's Gang Beasts and we're talking to publishers and developers about showcasing their work to our broad audience.”
Kath Bidwell, founder of State of Play Games, said “I’m really excited about the launch of the National Videogame Museum at its brand new home at the heart of Sheffield city centre. The games industry is fantastically creative and culturally significant and now we have a great place to celebrate and embrace that.”
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.”
The NVM’s opening marks the first phase in a £3 million revamp of Sheffield’s iconic Castle House, which will see the landmark building transformed into the city’s brand new Tech Hub, Sheffield Kollider.
Due to open its door in early 2019, the Sheffield Kollider is set to a create bustling social and collaborative venue, housing accelerator, incubation space and co-working, alongside a range of offices. In addition, the ground-floor of Kollider will also offer a 16,000sqft food hall, complete with bar, private dining and a unique social work and event space.
Sheffield already has a rich and important history in videogames, home to iconic 80s games studio Gremlin Graphics, which gave rise to gaming giant Sumo Digital, and a host of independent studios such as Dumpling Design, BoneLoaf and Tripplevision.
The NVM has been supported by patrons including Ian Livingstone, Andy Payne, Sumo Digital, Rebellion, Rami Ismail, Masaya Matsuura and many others over the years. The non-profit NVM is seeking help from the sector to take videogame culture to hundreds of thousands more visitors".
For more details about the NVM, please visit: http://www.thenvm.org