The UK is Getting a 'Cultural Centre for Gaming'

By Keza MacDonald on at

The UK is getting a 'cultural centre for gaming' in 2015, with the opening of the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham. Run by the people behind the excellently weird and diverse festival GameCity, it promises to be 'a hub for videogame culture'.

The space will be split over 5 floors: 3 ever-changing exhibition floors, an education floor for children to mess about with making games, and a gallery floor filled with oddities and historical gaming artefacts from the National Video Game Archive.

Iain Simons, GameCity's director, sees the Arcade as a vital space for exploring games' place in our culture. "For the first time ever, a civic, cultural and academic space will be dedicated to the publics relationship with videogames," he says. UK games industry legend Ian Livingstone added: "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."

The National Videogame Arcade will open in March next year. There's a wee bit more info on GameCity's site.