Press Start 2022: Centre Pompidou’s free video game festival

Published by Cécile D., Laura B. · Published on 12 July 2022 at 19h38
Devoted to video games, Press Start returns from September 28 to October 3, 2022, at Centre Pompidou BPI for its 10th edition. Free of charge, the festival is themed on videogame soundtrack. On the menu, workshops, meetings and video games!

Before visiting Paris Games Week, let us run to Centre Pompidou BPI (Bibliothèque publique d’information – Public Data Library) hosting this year again Press Start, the festival for video game fans. Conferences, games, workshops, concerts: let us make the most of this playful free festival running from September 28 to October 3, 2022.

To each edition a special theme. After revival in 2017, emotions in 2018, cinema in 2019, and post-apocalyptic in 2020, and Bestiary in video games in 2021, let us celebrate music. Major element in the videogame experience, music gives life or unique identity to characters and universes. Who has never heard Mario's theme or the soft ocarina notes performed by Link? Who never felt stressed when hearing the first notes of the last tune of Elden Ring?

Videogames are pieces mixing a lot of arts and music is undoubtedly one of the biggest of them!

On the menu of this 6-day festival, video games, meetings, screenings, and even workshops.

  • Videogame forum: musiques en jeu(x)
    Saturday October 1 • Afternoon • Petite Salle • Centre Pompidou
    From the first notes coded on diskette to specialized labels, from the Yellow Magic Orchestra experiments to featurings with stars such as Paul McCartney or David Bowie, gaming music gathers players and music fans over the pleasure of listening.
    For one plays music as much as one plays Zelda, Final Fantasy or Sayonara Wild Heart. Sound is a key element of the videogame immersion, fascinating by its variety of genres and influences represented. Through four panels, professionals, writers and gaming geniuses will share their passion for gaming music and its multiple facets. 

    • Writing on gaming music
      Damien Mecheri, Jérémie Kermarrec, Aurélien Simon and Fanny Rebillard wil speak about their work on music as journalists, writers and publishers. 
    • From composition to integration
      There are a lot of jobs available in the sound industry but little-known. Thanks to Laurianne Espinadel (Sloclap) and Vincent Dortel (Ubisoft Montpellier), you will learn more about the sound creation process in a game.  
    • Games in auditoriums
      Romain Dasnoy (Overlook Events, Wayô Records) and Frédéric Durrmann (No Limit Orchestra), concert production and publishing professionnals will tell you about the stakes of the field. 
    • Musicality of games and musical games
      What is musicality in a game? What influence has music on players? A musicologist (Antoine Morisset) and a journalist (Luma), along with a Dance Dance Revolution video game arcade cabinet collector (Morgan Lietar) will walk you through the musical experience of a few titles.

  • Concert by No Limit Orchestra
    Saturday October 1 • 8 p.m.-10 p.m. • Petite Salle • Centre Pompidou
    Created in 2018 in Strasbourg by musician and conductor Frédéric Durrmann, the No Limit Orchestra is specialized in performing video game, movie and cartoon soundtrack. Included over a hundred professional and amateur musicians, the orchestra is an original art object, at the crossroad between nerd universes, digital and orchestral music. It is one of the trailblazers in France in this innovative concept.

  • Conference-games: Jazz & video games
    Friday September 30 • 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. • Petite Salle • Centre Pompidou
    Yacine Synapsas and Antoine Herren (Random Bazar) provide you with a conference-game, studying links between jazz and videogame. Genuine conference of which you are the hero, Jazz & videogames invites the audience to be the player, by taking part in a survey shining a light on the mysterious bonds between these two arts. The two hosts will walk you through all along, telling this beautiful meeting, asking questions, and sowing obstacles...

  • The C.A.M. over the course of time
    Friday September 30 • 2 p.m.-6 p.m. • Espace Musique • Bpi (Level 3)
    Workshop-presentation by David Bagel about computer assisted music.

And what would be a videogame festival without games to try? As per usual, make the most of Press Start to discover indie games, experimental games or games for the general public on your own, or with a team, on computers or consoles. Workshops are also planned to lift the veil on what happens backstage, and understand how the games we love so dear are designed. Learn more about game design or computed assisted music!

Free, friendly, open to all, the Press Start festival is perfect to live out your passion and introduce it to your relatives! Go for it and play!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 28 September 2022 to 3 October 2022



    Place Georges-Pompidou
    75004 Paris 4


    Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"


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