FIlms from the Archive Screening in Auckland tonight!

Posted Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland is presenting 2 film archival screenings this week

(formerly The Film Archive -  more about our new name here)

A colourful history of NZ Gaming Through Time

and Classic Ponsonby rediscovered through Film - as part of Auckland Council's Heritage Festival

Archival film screening from Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision

Tuesday 23 September 2014

6pm - 7:30pm FREE.

AUT City Campus. Room WG126, Level 1, Sir Paul Reeves Building (WG)

NZ Gaming Through Time

Join us for a moving image screening of some of the highlights of early computer gaming history and development in New Zealand.

NZ Gaming Through Time will include TV commercials promoting early computers, documentaries, Atari demos and some game play and footage including Hawkquest, Laserhawk & Xevious.

New Zealand's digital video game history includes a significant quantity of locally-written software titles from the late 70s and 1980s as well as some local production of consoles, handhelds, and arcade games from the same period.  Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision (formerly The Film Archive) is developing a game archive and has been aware of the 'institutional gap' in this country for several years, with regard to the lack of representation of video games & early computer games within national cultural collections. Our collection focuses on New Zealand material, and presently includes  a sampling of examples from the earliest games beginning in the late 70s up to the latest platforms of the present day.

Background: Ng? Taonga is acquiring and preserving working examples of software and hardware across the range of formats and platforms that represent the variety that was available and played on amongst the NZ fan communities. We have focussed on the early period, from the late 70?s up through the 80?s, due to the scarcity of original still-working examples. Coupled with the games and their hardware, we are also collecting supportive documentation like computer programmes, graphical artwork, fanzines, packaging and promotion material. Our other intention is to record some oral histories with early NZ game developers and with some of the key retro-game collectors.

(If you have game material that you would like to donate or to make enquiries about, please contact Shane Farrow, Collection Developer and Video Games Project Leader at Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision