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Video games, bonobo, lemon curd and lies

Video games, bonobo, lemon curd and lies
 
Daniel Finnan

This week’s Sound Kitchen visits the MuseoGames exhibition at the Arts et Metiers museum in Paris to play video games and find out why it’s just been extended until December. Rachel Khoo, a food creative, and author of Pâtes à tartiner shows us how to make lemon curd. Our regular quiz taxes your ears with another mystery sound. And we have dance music from Bonobo, Alltrics and Fenech Soler.

Hi, while our Texan tigress Susan Owensby is away, I’ll be cooking up something different in the Sound Kitchen this week.

MuseoGames is a popular exhibition at the Paris museum of Arts and Industry which has proved so popular they’ve just extended it until the end of the year.

As well as charting the history of computer games, the evolution of technology and gameplay, MuseoGames gives gaming fans the opportunity to get their hands dirty and play on old classics like Pong, Space Invaders, Mario Brothers, Donkey-Kong, Sonic The Hedgehog, Street Fighter 2, Lemmings and Sega Rally.

Each session in the exhibition is limited to an hour and a half, and numbers are restricted to ensure that video game geeks of all ages get the opportunity to grab a controller and play their favourite.

“You can’t make an exhibition about games without playing games, and it’s probably the main interest of the exhibition,” says Stephane Natkin, the founder of the French National School of Games and Interactive Media, who is one of the exhibition organisers. “It’s the first time there's been an exhibition like this in France in a national museum. I think it is the recognition that video games are really a part of our culture. At the opening there were some people who were waiting for four hours to enter the exhibition. It’s the first time that has happened here."

The games were selected according to criteria to ensure that they were representative of the different periods in the history of games. While Natkin believes that French games have a certain place in history of the industry.

“The consoles come from two sources, we have a collection of consoles in the museum, but as it’s a government collection you cannot touch them," says Natkin, the author of Video games and interactive media: a glimpse at new digital entertainment. "So these are the consoles you can see but cannot touch. And then there is an association in France called MO5, which is in charge of collecting consoles. So the consoles you can play come from MO5.

“There was a great period of the French touch, in games at the end of nineties,” he says. “Raving Rabbids is a game I think only French people can make, like Final Fantasy can only be made by Korean people. And I think each great game in the world is part of the local culture, is part of the understanding of what is fun, what is a game.”

This week’s Sound Kitchen recipe is brought to us by Rachel Khoo, a food creative who was schooled at the Cordon Bleu school of culinary arts.

She describes herself as having a “fresh approach to all things edible” and has recently brought out her second book, Je fais mes pâtes à tartiner pour réussir brunchs, goûters et apéros (Spreads for brunch, snacks and aperitifs). Khoo gives us a recipe for a “super simple” Lemon Curd.

Daniel Finnan

 
Recipe
 

  • Three lemons or four limes or one medium pink grapefruit or two oranges, organic or non waxed
  • 200g sugar
  • 100g butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Zest and juice the citrus fruit – roughly 130ml. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the juice, sugar, eggs, and salt. Place on a medium heat and whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and just begins to become jelly like. Let it bubble and then add the butter cubes one a time while constantly stirring over a moderate heat. Once all the butter has melted and dissolved into the curd, pour into a sterilised jar or airtight container and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for at least three weeks.

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