The National Videogame Arcade, based in Nottingham, is using crowdfunding site Patreon in order to continue its efforts to preserve video game culture and history.
The NVA, which is located in a five-storey building in the centre of Nottingham, already attracts some 40,000 a year. It is operated by the non-profit National Videogame Foundation.
“We’re launching the Patreon to help people have a say in the work we do now, shape our priorities for the future and, of course, help us develop the NVA further,” National Videogame Foundation CEO Iain Simons said.
“It’s vitally important that DCMS support the development of a broader videogame culture through programmes like the British Games Institute, that we 100% support - but the NVA is here today.
“Thousands of families visit it every month to be inspired by videogames. Hundreds of school trips pass through our doors every year and countless new voices are inspired to make videogames. There’s nothing else like it.”
The NVA recently hosted a Football Manager exhibition, and will in December open a new show about smartphone hit Monument Valley and launch a national partners scheme for its young people’s game club Pixelheads. January sees the introduction of the All Your Bass video game music festival.
“We're independent and we'd like to stay that way,” the Patreon page states. “We get no core funding from any public or trade body, that’s why we’re asking for your support.
“You'll also be joining an exclusive list of hugely influential industry patrons like Ian Livingstone, John Romero, HTC Vive, Sumo Digital, SEGA, Carl Cavers, Boneloaf, Vlambeer, Andy Payne, UsTwo Games and many more.
“We want to make something that's important to you, and for you to be a part of it.”