One would think with the financial woes we’re experiencing in this country, Congress would STOP spending money it doesn’t have.  Nope.

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) received over $100,000 in federal funds for video game preservation.

“According to the organization‘s website, it collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.”

Is this really vital to our national security?  Where in the Constitution is Congress given authority to spend money of this type of crap?

According to the grant notification, the $113,277 in federal funds will be used to conduct a detailed conservation survey of approximately 6,900 of the 17,000 e-games in [the museum‘s] collection to determine the current condition of both the physical artifacts and their virtual content.  The study is designed to better position the museum to make its International Center for the History of Electronic Games collection available to visitors, researchers, and a broad public audience by providing images, videos of e-game play, and interpretation of the collection via exhibits and the Online Collections feature of its Web site. Admission to the museum costs an adult $13.”

I know I can’t wait to get on the next plane to Rochester, NY.