The first European museum entirely dedicated to the medium of video games will be unveiled at the Italian Videogame Developer Conference (IVDC) in December.

Dubbed ViGaMus and situated near the Piazza Mazzini in the centre of Rome, it's scheduled for completion in 2011.

Described as a "centre for the evolution of art, culture and technology in the history of videogames," ViGaMus will focus on the past, present and future of the medium.

IVDC president Marco Accordi Rickards said: "ViGaMus is the first of a raft of ambitious projects which sees the Italian videogames industry, Italian government and private investors working closely together towards a common goal.

"Building enterprise, skill sets and inspiration into the Italian videogames industry, ViGaMus sends a message to the world that Italy is confident, innovative and open for business."