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Sony, Harmonix save early prototypes

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Sony and Harmonix have kick-started the UK's National Videogame Archive by donating cherished early prototypes of their work.

Sony has decided to save the very first EyeToy model for historical reference. Five years after launch, the EyeToy has sold over 10 million units around the world.

Its success was followed by the technically superior PlayStation Eye model for the PS3.

"We felt the first EyeToy camera prototype was the perfect donation choice because it represents not only a ground-breaking game interface, but a moment in gaming history when a whole new audience began to play videogames for the first time," said Mike Haigh from Sony's London EyeToy studio.

Harmonix, on the other hand, has donated prototypes of the drum kit and guitar from Rock Band - the first game to combine the two peripherals in one box.

"Harmonix recognizes how important it is to document and preserve the history of this rapidly evolving industry," said Sean Baptiste, community manager at Harmonix.

The National Videogame archive aims to preserve and document the history of our industry, from the earliest examples right up to the modern day. And not just the games themselves; any kind of marketing paraphernalia such as boxes, artwork, posters, etc.

The NVA is also asking various members of the industry to make a case for the games they want to save.

Head over to the Save The Videogame website to find out more.

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