UK Gets National Video Game Archive
At the same timeÂ Pong, the worldâ€™s first successful video game, hit the market.Â Nobody could even begin to guess howÂ big video gaming would become.
But it has becomeÂ huge; both financially and culturally.Â
So much soÂ that people are taking steps to ensure the preservation of the mediumâ€™s history.
On September 19th, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) announced the creation of the UKâ€™s first official National Videogame Archive (NVA), a joint venture between Nottingham Trent University and the National Media Museum in Bradford, which will catalogue gamingâ€™s history â€œfrom the humble beginnings of 1972â€™s â€˜Pong,â€™ to the blockbusters of the 21st Century.â€
The aimÂ of the NVA is to â€œpreserve, analyse and display the products of the global videogame industry by placing games in their historical, social, political and cultural contexts.â€
So we’re not just talking about a collection of consoles and cartridges here!
October also sawÂ the announcement ofÂ the Archiveâ€™s related initiative, Save the Videogame, where game developers have already begun making their cases for games they believe are worth preserving.
Thanks to Kareny Karen for the email!!Â 🙂