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Our latest trip to the Virginia Science Museum

If you've ever been to Richmond before, chances are you visited the Virginia Science Museum as it's one of of the... maybe five things to do in this pseudo-city. We've already attended a few of their Halloween exhibits such as the entertaining Grossology exhibit and the far less impressive Bones exhibit. So we're always on the lookout for their latest attractions, whether it's another fun exhibit or a new movie showing in their I-Max theater.

Well, last month we found out there was going to be a big Video Game exhibit at the Science Museum - complete with game competitions and a room filled with classic games. Could there possibly be a better way to spend a Saturday than getting to check out a ton of classic arcade games and maybe compete against some people? In another state, sure, but in Richmond... this seemed like a virtual godsend. So we all jumped in the car and headed on over to the Virginia Science Museum for a day of gaming goodness.

Upon our arrival, we couldn't really see much gaming-related stuff going on... but they assured us there was plenty, so we paid the 12 bux for our tickets and went in. The first thing on my list was to find the classic games arcade room... I mean, this was basically the whole reason I came to the museum. So they point me over to this little room in the corner, and I was instantly confused because I didn't hear a roar of bleeps and bloops coming from that direction. Do you know why I didn't hear the roar of those wonderful sounds? Because this is what the "classic arcade room" looked like:

Classic Games? Uhh... Hello?

What the!?!?


So the classic video game arcade was nothing more than a few TVs with those cheap-assed battery-powered plug-n-play video games hooked up to them? That's it!?!? Yes my friends, we had been officially ripped off. Hell, for the price of admission I could have bought one of those plug-n-play video games for myself! Gah! I love how they had a hundred chairs setup in that room too, as if those few shitty TV games were going to draw in a huge crowd.

We then made our way through the rest of the museum in search of the gaming competitions that were going on. Again, it was cheap as hell... no real arcade machines whatsoever. They had a room filled with people watching two guys play a football game on the Xbox. That was the big competition and I had to keep reminding myself, "You paid to see this Roger, YOU PAID TO SEE THIS!"

Well, aside from the huge let-down that was the so-called video game exhibit, the trip wasn't a total bust because two good things happened: 1) I got to ride on one of those Segway scooter thingamabobs that they were demonstrating. Yes they're overpriced as hell, but damned if they aren't fun. and 2) I filmed my friend Scott messing around with one of the marble water balls outside the museum. So lucky you, you get to see this amazing video footage:




RaNkeri (Guest) on 04/07/2006 3:01 pm

Damn, that was quite cool :O
If I'll ever go to USA, I have to try that one out :D


Bizarcane (Guest) on 04/07/2006 3:12 pm

The nerve of those guys! And in the name of science, no less.

Who's running that museum, anyway . . . a snake-oil salesman? Some midway barker crying "hurr-ay hurr-ay HUrr-ay! See the games that time forgot! Don't miss your chance - here today and gone tomorrow. Step right up and view the awesome digital might of yesteryear." And inside it's plywood and mirror-foil and twins sharing a pair of overalls to look conjoined.



Dauss (Guest) on 04/07/2006 3:33 pm

Sounds pretty garbage, RoG.

Did you give it a shot at getting a refund? Sueing for false advertising? Targeting the perpatrators with orbital ion based weapons?

Err, forget that last bit.

Oh, and those marble water things? I too, share in their simple pleasure.


Trash (Guest) on 04/07/2006 3:33 pm

You PAIS to see THIS?
What a RIP-OFF!
But it would be like nirvana compared what Finland offers. There WAS a old game show in Finland, but that was 3 years ago, but the worst part is that every game was on fucking MAME, but still it's better than nothing, so they should come back goddamnit. I even promised (With a pinky swear!) i'd keep my pants up this time.


Trash (Guest) on 04/07/2006 3:39 pm



Todd (Guest) on 04/07/2006 3:43 pm

Water Ball Wheee!


Trash (Guest) on 04/07/2006 3:43 pm

I gotta tell 'ya one thing -RoG-, that lynx emulator doesn't basically work.


protoclown (Guest) on 04/07/2006 4:07 pm

I'm damn glad I didn't go with you guys to that.


Ramco (Guest) on 04/07/2006 4:50 pm

Dude! Just 12 bucks for that insane gaming room? This means I don't have to push kids out of the toy section at Wal Mart to play one of those things! Plus there are a ton of chairs, so you can make the games even more fun - when someone dies, just whack them over the head with a chair! Or you could have bashed the owners of the museum repeatedly with them. Now THAT is a classic game.


Shane Skekel (Guest) on 04/07/2006 4:54 pm

Well, there's always stationed in Lafayette. That is, if you're not scared to go to Louisiana.


Wolfguy (Guest) on 04/08/2006 2:49 am

Those water balls are awesome. I went to Disneyland with some friends last week and there's a giant one in Tomorrowland. Every time we passed by it that day we ran over and started spinning it. We probably passed by it at least 10 times. Also Scott looks like my RA.


nathan (Guest) on 04/08/2006 6:13 am

my god what a freaken letdown but if you were to want a badass video game museum we have one in sheridan wyoming. it has so much classic stuff. i even got me an atari 2600 there mint. granted i dont know how to work the damn thing but its the history that counts. if your in the area stop in you wont regret it and its only 5 dollars for all the arcade games you want.


AngryHydralisk (Guest) on 04/08/2006 9:56 am

God, that just reminds me of how much of a letdown some Kentucky events can be. WonderFest, as much as I loved being there, still felt a bit small and not worth a 2-day ticket. Same goes for any Magic pre-release. If there's no guest artist, it's not really worth it.


usedbread (Guest) on 04/08/2006 2:03 pm

the chicago museum of sci & industry has a real video game exhibit. its quite amazing.


Steve (Guest) on 04/08/2006 2:15 pm

To quote a scene in Monty Python's Flying Circus, "... assault the manager, demand your money back!"


omg (Guest) on 04/08/2006 2:57 pm



Darnin (Guest) on 04/08/2006 3:24 pm

See Scott roll.
Scott rolls fast.
Roll Scott roll!


SunnyD (Guest) on 04/08/2006 11:32 pm

dude, about 5 years ago at our insights museum they had a video game exhibit that was supposed to be only for about a month, and it was the entire tiny ass museum filled with the original arcade machines and you didn't have to pay. so since people ACTUALLY started to come to the place, they kept it for 6 months. sadly, el paso shall not see its like again.


El Singario (Guest) on 04/09/2006 3:43 am

That was the funniest thing I've read all week.

You're a better man than I, Rog. I would've grabbed one of those cheap games and started whacking employees with it.


Shadow40000 (Guest) on 04/09/2006 4:36 am

Notice how the second picture says "sue". Its a sign, man, a SIGN!


Staxeon (Guest) on 04/09/2006 7:49 am

Not only are they the cheap plug-n-play games, but they left the boxes for them out??! Why? Did some retarded museum worker just buy the box and leave it by the tv, and eventually some visitor opened them and hooked them up?


Dude (Guest) on 04/09/2006 11:13 am

There used to be a gigantic retro-games place here called "Ping Time." They had /every/thing. Even one of the ORIGINAL "Star Wars" arcade games. So of course they folded during my Freshman year, and all of their arcades got scattered across the world, to be placed in rich people's basements and never ever played.

When I visited the Ben Franlkin Science Museum in Philadelphia, they were having a "History of Videogames" exhibit. Admission to the museum was $12, and they didn't charge anything extra for "History of Videogames." It was /awesome/. You got to play some truly classic videogames, and they had this big "Then and Now" bit where the classic games were placed right next to some of the newest arcade units on the market. I musta blown $50 there at least.

Oh and should you ever be trapped in Eagle River, WI for god-knows-why (it /is/ the snowmobiling capitol of the world) go to Alexander's Pizza. Alexander has a pile of classic arcade games sitting in his pizzeria, and the dubiously-legal Russian immigrants in the back make fine fucking pizza. Plus you can get a pitcher of beer for $5. What a place that cool is doing in the middle of fucking nowhere I will never know, but I'm so glad it is.


bicostp (Guest) on 04/09/2006 7:30 pm

Wow. That's absolutely pitiful. Just some TVs with plug-and-play games? They call THAT a "Classic Arcade Room"? Pure bull.

I wish somewhere someone would open an arcade, and have new stuff in the front but at least half the building would be devoted to the classics. I know kids today need their newfangled fancy graphics, and most of them are younger than the N64, but the parents have to have something to do! Relive their dot-eating, block-dropping, frog-hopping glory days! Catch the fever all over again! :D

But that's merely a pipe dream. Maybe someday...


THE CHOSEN ONE (Guest) on 04/10/2006 8:02 am

Just have a glimpse at all of those scads of chairs through the enclosed space...As though the ppl held responsible for the blatheringly event wanted to let us know of something (ó ô)


Jesse (Guest) on 04/11/2006 12:09 am

That "arcade games" exhibit wasn't intended for anyone old enough to actually remember what it's like to be in a real arcade, was it? Oh well, at least you got some footage of your buddy playing with that marble ball in the fountain to show us. That was worth the cash, if nothing else.


Reaping Amanita (Guest) on 04/11/2006 10:00 am

I don't know if the Zombie Flick Project is still afoot at I-mockery facility but i think this deceiving crap could provide quite a scene: just mind this! After thanking their lucky stars for having managed to steal from a heap of pissbrains the science museum staff is all set to beat it from the foul business when a human-disguised zombie turns up. He is really all clad so as to conceal his flesh-lacking stints.After being through with the doorman in a rather unpleasant way he wanders onto the hallway as to get to that room in the corner.At first the employee team fails to spot the gruesome creature, but soon they are aware of its hideous nature as they start catching sight of all the gory trail left behind it as it sets forth on his mirthful way. they all (say about 11 fucktarts) tried to stale the zombie down but he's not about to take this kinda crap though so he sets out munching em alive at ghastly speed! The museum manager (what we all supposed to be the real one behind the blatantly devised rip-off) gets there upon hearing a piercing bellow. No sooner had he seen all of those intelligently scattered butchered remains than he's promptly scuttling off.He nearly makes it out the exit door when our uninvited character grabs him by his ass, both hands taking hold each buttock. Then in an amazing bustling show the zombie splits the held rear part in a sweeping motion; he starts in quite a slow pace(highlighting a dramatic effect mainly)and as the task is furthered he suddenly sets out working his way up thus slicing his deserved prey wholly in two. I know what roG should be thinking by now: "This bloke'd better keep trying.In the meantime seek to watch more zombie movies." I pretty reckon this is not a rather creepy scene and instead just plain daft. However you'll be able to say this movie had been loosely based on real life.Or at least an episode of it.


SLjimbo (Guest) on 04/12/2006 1:47 am

Geez, I remember like 10 years ago Liberty Science Center in NJ had this classic arcade/video game exhibit with the legit arcade cabinets and fixings. There was Tron, Frogger, Pac-Man (original Namco arcade cabinet!), and others.


Jake (Guest) on 04/12/2006 6:35 am

It was a science museum right? maybe it was an experiment to see if people will gladly sit around playing highly expensive plug n play all day? know....not...


Lord of C (Guest) on 04/13/2006 9:07 am

Pretty pathetic on the museum's part. BTW, what happened to Pixel Pals? You seemed to have stopped putting up new strips...


-RoG- (Guest) on 04/13/2006 5:14 pm

Don't worry, more Pixel Pals will be coming soon along with some other new pieces on I-Mockery. My computer's motherboard got fried this past Monday and I'm just getting back to work on my computer now that the motherboard has been replaced, so I've gotta play a little catch-up on a variety o' things. The good news is none of my data or anything was lost, so that's a big relief.

update: the latest Pixel Pals comic is now up!


Asd (Guest) on 04/15/2006 5:06 am

what's happened to "Sexual Moments in Video Game History" ? time ago i have sended you some stuff from the "Fear Effect" series...


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