show a blast from the Past
By David Henry
Computer games are a
serious business to 31 year old Lee Bolton.
The computer engineer from
Salford, has spent thousands of pounds collecting vintage games and
consoles, including an original Atari.
His collection features in
'Marbles to Mario', an exhibition at Salford's museum which celebrates
Lee, who has been collecting
computer games since he was five, said: "I got into it when I was a
child and now its just nostalgia. I grew up with these computers and
they have become a life-long passion for me. I think the old computers
are much better than the modern ones. I look at it like the black and
white films compared with the films of today"
Lee says that his computers
also impress his children. "My kids love them. I though they would
prefer the modern consoles but they don't. It's strange because I get
nostalgic pleasure from them. I can't see what they get from them, I
guess they are just great fun."
The exhibition, which runs
for three months features everything from leather footballs to
roller-skates, and items from Lee's collection have been added to give
it a modern feel.
Ken Craven, a research
officer at the museum said: "A lot of older people come into the museum
and look at the items they played with as a children and say how much
things have changed. They say they always played on the streets but
children don't seem to do that now. We wanted to reflect that and
include it in our exhibition"
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