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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Based in Sheffield city centre, the National Videogame Museum (NVM) showcases over a hundred games, and as our contributor Shehla writes: "it's much more than an arcade." It traces the evolution of videogames over time and even gives you the chance to create your own games.

The museum is, of course, closed at the moment. But not to worry – they're bringing the museum to you!

NVM has put together an 'at home' series of activities to keep you and your family busy during the lockdown:

Create Your Own Pixel Art Character
Have you ever wanted to make your own Mario character? Perhaps you’ve always been inspired by the artwork of old school RPGs?
Follow NVM's guide (recommended ages 7+) and create your own animated pixel art!

Great Games To Keep you Busy at Home
"One benefit to having to stay at home, is that’s where the videogames are!" NVM have compiled two lists of great games:

See the NVM website for the full collection of resources – more on the way soon!

Save the NVM!
Due to its closure during the coronavirus pandemic, the NVM's existence is under threat. It's a truly unique place – the UK’s only museum dedicated to videogames, one of the world's leading institutions in the field, and with an ambitious and engaging programme of activity. We are very lucky to have it in Sheffield. If you can, please support the museum's emergency fundraising appeal. Click here to make a donation.

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