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Submitted by KingJFS 848d ago | news

OK senator calls video game museum "wasteful"

Warp Zoned writes:

"Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn has released his annual “Wastebook,” a detailing of the 100 worst spending decisions by the US government.

Number nine on this document is a $113,277 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. The grant will be applied to a preservation survey of the museum’s current collection. The goal is to eventually make their collection available to “visitors, researchers, and a broad public audience.”" (Culture, Industry)

Agent Smith  +   849d ago
Lol, for a second there, I thought it said he was an okay Senator.
cyborg6971  +   848d ago
The only thing wasteful in this country is congress and the senate.
Dac2u  +   848d ago
My brother and I both work for our county and I can tell you with absolute certainty that the Congress and Senate are not the only wasteful things in this country. Our commissioners just OK'd $300k worth of programs, one of those programs is handing out fresh syringes to heroin users. $300k may seem like a small amount, but we live in a smaller county.

Also, how many billions did President Obama spend on his trip to Mumbai? The government, top to bottom, is wasteful in almost every way.
Angrymorgan  +   848d ago
No more wasteful than any other museum.
It's only wasteful if nobody uses it, I'm guessing it's more popular than many others
Wenis  +   849d ago
Shocking... a 60+ year old man who doesn't understand video games. Move along
MAJ0R  +   848d ago
no, a video games museum. there is a difference
Reborn  +   848d ago
You'd need to understand video games, in order to understand having a museum for it.

Clearly, he doesn't. Same thing. No difference.
360ICE  +   848d ago
Now, I dont understand all of that there fancy modern art, but I still want there to be a MoMA. Now, since we've spent millions on an enclosed european intellectual circle, why not spend a buck or two on pop-culture!? I'd even throw in a dollar or two myself. Don't even need to understand games to see that there is room for a video game museum.
RBLAZE1988  +   848d ago
I guess art museums or sports hall of fame museums are wasteful too...
SeanScythe  +   849d ago
Uh lets see we are trillions of $ in debt, lets spend more money on stupid stuff. That makes so much sense, I would rather they put the money into something useful.

We don't need a gaming Museum, we don't need to study the spawning patterns of earthworms, or the reason men per-fer blondes over redheads. It's stupid and a waste of money.

I mean do you want ur tax dollars being wasted on this kind of crap. I love games and I have been playing them all my life but this is not something that we should be wasting money on.
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Baka-akaB  +   848d ago
Not really the issue there , that old dude wouldnt balk at using the found for another kind of museum , like say a tobacco museum of all things .

His issue certainly isnt about a museum , but the topic of it .

Video games museums arent less of a waste of money than regular art ones . They are even cheaper
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Legion  +   848d ago
Not sure if anyone actually read the report? The funding was for a condition survey of a portion of the egames in the museum. Has nothing to do with the museum itself. Just the funding for a check on the condition of each game and how to better make them available to future visitors. As it is the museum charges $13 for each visitor to the museum. I would think with proper structure of funds they could come up with their own way to survey their egames instead of grabbing the money from tax payers. I would go there myself to help with the data organization.

Gamers are an interesting bunch. We will jump in and do things for free if just asked. That is why you see so many of us hanging out at Gamestop giving unsolicited advice to customers and reorganizing shelves that are a mess. ha

And per the Wastebook it just specifies that these shouldn't be priorities when our nation is in a monetary crisis.

"Some of the projects listed within
this report may indeed serve
useful purposes or have merit and
those associated with the
projects may disagree that they
are not national priorities.

This type of response is expected
and this report is intended to add
to the ongoing larger debate
about national spending priorities
and the proper role of the federal
government in the context of our
$15 trillion national debt."
KingJFS  +   848d ago
Two things...

1) The ICHEG is connected to the larger Strong Museum of Play. The $13 admission fee is good for all parts of the Strong complex and goes towards a lot more than just the game museum.

2) For some reason, the ICHEG isn't too interested in volunteers (I asked once). But the amount of games/hardware they have access to is huge. Cataloging and testing it all will require a lot more money than just this small grant. It helps, nothing more, nothing less.
Tuxmask55  +   849d ago
Wasteful? So're congress and the senate.
Pinkamena_Diane_Pie  +   849d ago
You think a gaming museum is a waste? Someone should look up the cost of some of our war machines. ._.
maawdawg  +   849d ago
Just look up the expenses of some of the Senators and Congressmen if you want to see wasteful spending.
Magnus  +   848d ago
I am not American but I can say this Senator must have lived a sheltered life as a kid.
Fishy Fingers  +   848d ago
Good point, seeing he was already well into his twenties by the time Pong released.... :/
Bathyj  +   848d ago
And we all know how politicians hate waste.
RememberThe357  +   848d ago
As long as it's not in their own state.
cpayne93  +   848d ago
Yeah it kind of is, but the government wastes tons of money on other useless crap too.
RedDead  +   848d ago
You could say museums themselves are a waste of money, if the head line is the truth. This right here is a massive waste: http://www.e-architect.co.u...

It cost 4 million euro. It does nothing.
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Lord_Sloth  +   848d ago
Museums require upkeep and security which equals jobs. Something this economy is failing to supply!

WASTEFUL would be that damned skylight in the liqueur store or that turtle tunnel that every1 expected turtles to actually use.
josephayal  +   848d ago
Smart guy
Animals_as_Leaders  +   848d ago
It is a waste of resources. I wouldn't go to a gamin museum if it was next to my house and had free entry.

The only value old games have to older games is nostalgia, they have no value whatsoever to new gamers and rightly so.

I love music but I don't give a F who the first company was to use stereo sound etc. Pointless history...
KMCROC54  +   848d ago
Hey senator kiss my --- .
CanadianTurtle  +   848d ago
Are you kidding me. Video games actually save museums. Otherwise museums would be boring as hell.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   848d ago
I motion for a videogame island......
ylwzx3  +   848d ago
Just like all the other senators..wasteful....
kevnb  +   848d ago
because anything you dont like is stupid.
TheLig32  +   848d ago
This is the only cut that I will agree with the repubs on. A videogame museum is the dumbest cash sink that I've ever heard of.
Sugreev2001  +   848d ago
I'd say the salary he's getting is wasteful.Also,he's from Oklahoma,what did you expect ?

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