The UK's first official national video game archive has been launched in a bid to preserve the history of gaming.

The archive has been set up in partnership between Nottingham Trent University and the National Media Museum in Bradford in the north of England.

The archive will be housed at the National Media Museum in Bradford and will include consoles, cartridges and advertising campaigns.

"We are going to be archiving video games but it's not just about the games themselves, it's also about gaming culture," said James Newman, from Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Contemporary Play, a research group dedicated to video games.

The archive will chart videogames from Pong in 1972 to present-day blockbusters.

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