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Remember The Video Games from Your Childhood

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The thrill of playing that long forgotten game - from space invaders to car driving - these old school games are all available to play at an exhibition in Paris.

Video Game Story exhibition is charting the history of gaming, and it is part of a new trend to reconnect with the old games.

It is showing off vintage consoles from the 1970s and 1980s.

The president of Video Game Story Exhibition, Victor Perez is also a video consoles collector. Many of the games on display are part of his personal collection.

He says there any many vintage video games shops in major capitals across the world.

"We can say that it is like following the trend of vinyl records; there is a lot of people coming back to vinyl records, and same thing here, there is a lot of people who play vintage video games. There are new-old video game consoles that are going to be announced in few weeks that will, for example, allow to play games of Super Nintendo," he says.

'Magnavox Odyssey' is considered the first video game console. It was invented by German- American, Ralph Baer in April 1972.

Perez says there has been significant progress in 42 years of gaming than in 500 years of other cultural activities.

"In just over 40 years we have gone from a few pixels and extremely low performance machines and then we saw an exponential growth of machine performances - resolution soared also, connectivity with Internet was also a game changer; everything happened simultaneously; game interfaces developed at the same time and all that make that the history of video games is cut down to forty years; video games progressed more in only 40 years than other cultural industries in more than 500 years."

From Amstrad games to the first Apple machines, the electronics industry has dramatically changed and converged in the past 40 years.

There are 500 video game machines and consoles in 4,500 square metre exhibit hall.

Perez says Impressionist painting was at one time considered avante garde, and is now part of the mainstream art scene.

Video gaming is now entering the cultural mainstream, and Perez says that this exhibition is helping to establish the new art form.

"I think that exhibits like this one are installing key references; for example like impressionists in painting… now none can say 'no, impressionists didn't have any influence on painting, on painting history, at some point (impressionists) entered in history. In the same way some products, some video games entered history and we are contributing, with this kind of exhibition, to confirm that a little bit more."

Vintage gaming is reconnecting with the simplicity of youth, says collector Cyril Drvet.

"What I do like in vintage video games is a game-play that was very simple, a pleasure of playing that was simplified… but maybe a little bit more addictive than today's games."

And old games can appeal to the fans of the modern game: "This old game seems modern and even if one likes new games, you can also like old ones."

The games from childhood, such as Pac-Man or Sega Mega Drive are on show at the exhibition, and exciting visitors to the exhibition.

"We discovered those game when we were very young, 3 or 4 years old. Today you can see remakes of old games and that is motivating us to try the old ones," says Edouard Braun.

He says playing new games are just as much fun as playing the old games.

The gaming exhibition is on show until September 7th.


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