The German Games Archive is a research and documentation resource that conserves a unique collection of more than 30,000 parlor games from 1945 to today. It continues to grow steadily, and it and its extensive specialized library have come to be the "memory of the games industry". Above and beyond its core tasks in documentation, the Archive also fosters play and games for both research and social uses. Game events, educational programs, training programs, viewing collections and exhibitions reflect its active advocacy of games and play as a cultural asset. Organized conferences and scholarly cooperation with institutions of higher learning have established the Games Archive as a knowledgeable networking partner in all things relating to games.