30 Mar, 2015

Nottingham’s National Videogame Arcade gets ready for play time

the guardian | Simon Parkin | Saturday 28 March 2015

The UK’s first cultural centre for video games has opened in the east Midlands city and aims to put fun, entertainment and game design on the menu

The centre hopes that the NVA will inspire parents, who are, Smith says, often “suspicious” of their children’s obsession with games, to see the benefits of game-playing and its associated discipline – computer science. “I hope the NVA leads children from wanting to play games to wanting to make them,” says Ian Livingstone, one of the founding fathers of the British games industry, who was present for its launch. “Computer science is the new Latin: it underpins the digital world just as Latin did the analogue world, and games encapsulate all of the ways in which it marries the arts and sciences.”