Cambridge Centre of Computing History opens

Pong was an early hit with gamers in the 1970s

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Up to 80 computers and games consoles have gone on display at a new computer museum.

The Centre for Computing History opened in Cambridge on Saturday, having moved from its old home in Haverhill, Suffolk, earlier in the year.

Director Jason Fitzpatrick said one of the initial exhibitions showcased the rise of electronic gaming since Pong arrived, in the 1970s.

"We've got loads of games to play, all on big old 25 inch TVs," he said.

"All of the machines are here to be used, it's not much fun to just look at a machine sat there doing nothing."

The museum also features a Sinclair C5 vehicle and BBC computers from the 1980s, which will be used to teach young people computer programming.

"On the computing side we've got lots of different home computers of the era and some machines which date back to the 60s," Mr Fitzpatrick said.

"Such as the great big machines with the reels of tape like in the James Bond films."

The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and will be adding more exhibits.

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