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A dedicated UK cultural centre for gaming is to open in Nottingham in 2015, at a projected cost of £2.5 million. Established by GameCity (who run an annual festival in the city), The National Videogame Arcade will open its doors in March; offering ‘a civic, cultural and academic space dedicated to the public’s relationship with videogames’.
Aiming to provide a gaming equivalent of the BFI (British Film Institute), the project is set to cover four floors and 33,000sq ft, hosting interactive quarterly exhibitions and providing facilities for education on game development in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University. The Arcade will also be the new home of thousands of items from the National Video Game Archive, looking to celebrate the UK’s illustrious history in the industry. Ian Livingstone CBE (the co-founder of Games Workshop who will sit on the Arcade’s advisory board) had the following to say regarding the project:
“For the millions of people who love them, it’s only natural that videogames should have their own, permanent cultural home…just as fine art enjoys the National Gallery, performance has the National Theatre, and film and music have many permanent spaces that celebrate them – it’s fantastic news that GameCity are pioneering this vital and much needed new space.
“Videogames have an important role to play in our economy, our education policies and our cultural lives – so whilst it’s taken a long time to arrive, I can’t wait to visit the first ever National Videogame Arcade’