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Promotional flyer for Sportronic: a New Zealand-made Pong game.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collaborated with Flinders University of South Australia, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Berlin Computerspiele Museum on the Play It Again project, with the ultimate aim to preserve and remember New Zealand and Australian video games of the 1980s.

The archive collects commercial and amateur games across a range of formats and platforms

This includes:

  • Software (source code, 8-bit cassettes, floppies, cartridges) written by New Zealanders
  • Hardware (1980s computers, consoles, hand-helds, gaming systems, arcade games)
  • Documentation (original brochures, photographs, promos, packaging, 1980s computer magazines)
  • Video footage featuring the games
Smurfs (Carl Muller, NZ, 1985)

As part of the Play It Again project, the archive also worked with retro games collectors and writers of 1980s games to fill in a history of gaming culture in New Zealand and Australia during this era.

If you are able to share information, games software / hardware, or documentation relating to games, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us

Read more about Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s work with games as a partner in the Play It Again project.