Within a week more than 1,400 people have signed the online petition to save the Danish Games Museum and its collection of more than 10,000 games and several thousand coin-ups and game consoles.
The petition was initiated by Thomas Vigild, chairman of The Danish Game Council, following an analysis on the preservation of video games done by The Department of Culture that made it clear that no public funding would be made available for the museum.
The petition has resonated strongly within the academic community, and as Ph.D. in videogames Jonas Heide Smith told MCV, the point of the petition is not the museum itself but that funds should be made available for the preservation of games and hardware.
“The Danish Games Museum just happens to take a unique initiative that no other institutions, neither public nor private, have matched. Preserving games history is just as important as preserving literature and movies, and if the politicians cannot make even limited funds available for this, then it is a serious lack of consequence on their part,” says Jonas Heide Smith.
Danish game developers also show concern that the museum collection including the largest collection of Danish games anywhere might now be lost to the public due to the lack of government funding.
“The museum is vital because it sustains the story of a media and a culture that has great importance in our daily life today. In a time where games and digital culture in general have a tendency to only look forward and where ‘new’ equals ‘good’, the museum provides a historical bearing that I basically think is healthy,” states game developer Press Play’s Game Director, Ole Teglbjærg
Interested parties can sign the petition here.