As written by Brendan Seibel for Vingtparis :
Spanning Pong to today’s fully rendered wonders the curators have cast a wide net. Visitors can divide their time by riding the thin line between education and entertainment. Audio stations and flatscreens collect words of wisdom from a long lineage of programmers, writers and other contributors to the world of games.
Twenty-four consoles dominate the center of the hall, where dinosaurs like Missile Command join Arkanoid, Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Slug, Goldeneye and today’s hot properties like Top Spin. Tucked away in the rear, respecting the marginalized hovels of yesteryear, is a mini-arcade with eight games. As the 3D trend once again rears its ugly head spending a little time with Sega’s Hologram Time Traveler reminds you that this too shall pass.
Approaching the exhibition lends cause for consternation as there is every indication videos games are rendered lifeless. Save the backhanded homage to Tetris cut into linoleum flooring the entrance is generic. An audio-station of essays on the industry’s history and introductory video (offline at the time of Vingt’s visit) do nothing to quell fears that textbooks on game design lay ahead.
Safely ensconced within the roar of digital bleeps and bursts of light is the world of Tron. Television walls rotate games treasured and forgotten, their soundtracks colliding in the air. The main gallery pairs each of the two dozen playable consoles with projections, imbuing the light-industrial pastiche in the cold flickering of a televised yule log. It’s the victory of a childhood wish to model a heaven where no quarters are needed.
Through 7 November 2010
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
Until 21:30 on Thursdays
Gaming blocks begin every hour and a half. Tickets can be used three times per day.
Musée des Arts et Métiers ,60 rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, Mº Arts et Métiers/Réaumur-Sébastopol