Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Can Video Games Bridge The French-English Divide?

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The French and English battle over everything from soccer to culture to who smells worse.

But now English video game enthusiasts think they’ve found a way to bring the two nations together – with video games.

English gamers are challenging the French to the ultimate video game match next summer, and will be gearing up for it at this year’s Classic Gaming Expo-UK taking place in Croydon, England on Aug. 13.

Attendees will be asked to sign an 8-foot tall proclamation inviting the frogs to send their best Frogger and Donkey Kong players to the 2006 Expo.

The signed proclamation – along with a French translation – will be hand-delivered to gamers in Paris on Aug. 15, which just happens to be Napoleon’s birthday.

Classic Gaming Expo-UK founder Chris Milliard insists that the chosen delivery date is a “bizarre coincidence more than anything else” and he refuses to send a birthday cake in honor of Napoleon because he's afraid it might antagonize them.

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