Classic Video Games Stamps

Royal Mail will soon be issuing a new set of stamps that celebrates the rich history of the British video game industry. From Dizzy to Worms, these 12 stamps will trace the history of the industry over the decades.

The stamps were selected with the help of the video games industry trade body UKIE, alongside gaming journalist Julian Rignall, and Bitmap Books’ creative director Sam Dyer. “The UK has been at the forefront of the video games industry for decades,” said Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker. “In the 1980s and 90s young designers grappled with coding on the new microcomputers and set the template for the industry with iconic games. We celebrate some of their landmark creations on stamps.”

The stamp feature screens from games in the mid‐80s, looking at the work of studios such as Bullfrog (Populous) and Codemasters (Dizzy, Micro Machines), before moving into the 90s with titles from Liverpool‐based publisher Psygnosis (Lemmings and Wipeout), Derby’s Core Design (Tomb Raider) and Wakefield’s Team17 (Worms).

“This collection celebrates a selection of the great British video games that have helped define both
the national and global development scene over decades,” said Jo Twist, chief executive of UKIE. “Video games are a key part of our cultural footprint.”

And yeah, we want them!

The stamps will go on sale on 21 January.

 

David Hayward

David has spent most of his life tinkering with technology, from the ZX Spectrum, getting his hands on a Fujitsu VPP5000/100 supercomputer, and coding on an overheating Raspberry Pi. He's written for the likes of Micro Mart, Den of Geek, and countless retro sites and publications, covering reviews, creating code and bench testing the latest tech. He also has a huge collection of cables.

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