I’m pleased to see this being set up by one of my local universities; I was present for the launch of GameCity and the announcement of this:
An archive to preserve the history of videogames is being set up by university experts.
Nottingham Trent University says the global videogames industry is worth about £22bn and steps are needed in order to record its development.
The archive will be housed at the National Media Museum in Bradford and put together by researchers from Nottingham Trent University.
The collection will include consoles, cartridges and advertising campaigns.
The archive will chart the history of videogames from Pong in 1972 to present-day blockbusters.
A lot of people won’t appreciate just how necessary this is, yet as Dr. James Newman points out countless works from other media have been lost over time due to a lack of these kind of efforts. A minority of people in the comics community have been agitated for years over the lack of a similar archive for comics, while important indie work piles up and gets forgotten.
Despite similar efforts for film, plenty of celluloid film has simply rotted away, and that’s somewhat due to it languishing under copyright law for decades at a time. That games are a retail product will no doubt make that less of a barrier to collecting and archiving important games and the media surrounding them.
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