The day wasn’t completely beset with my own fears of not knowing what the fuck to do about complex political situations. I stopped in at Vigamus, a small underground (literally, not politically) videogame museum just west of the MAXXI. I ended up being there for a couple of hours, so some thoughts…
- The entrance fee felt reasonable to me because of the emphasis on playing games. They have an Xbox room, a couple of rooms with PCs loaded with games, at least one room with a PS4 (I think – I looked in quickly because I suck at console games), a meeting room, and lots of arcade games strewn throughout. If I was there to just look at stuff the entrance fee wouldn’t have been worth it, but because I played a bunch of the games I didn’t mind spending the money.
- They had a book rack of what looked like videogame histories that made me again regret not reading Italian without the extensive use of a dictionary…of course, every other caption was in both Italian and English.
- The emphasis on playing games was a beautiful thing, and the collection of lots of obscure consoles and other game-playing devices helped complete the museum’s perspective. They were well-stocked in Japanese games – from a breadth if not necessarily depth perspective – and they had clearly thought seriously about the displays.
- The museum also looks to serve as perhaps a game launch point, with a big meeting room that probably held fifty chairs with full-on projection capabilities.
- Finally, they had a couple of Oculus Rift headsets for use. I am guessing that if I played minecraft I would have enjoyed the experience more (playing a version was an option), but the graphics were pretty amazing in the video I watched.
- And of course who doesn’t want a Big Daddy in their living room?
- I am very curious about their relationship with local game distributors. Maybe I need to work on my Italian a bit…