- Ludic Cartography. Mapping Gamespaces
- Past Projects
- Preserving Virtual Worlds
- Research and Publication
The How They Got Game project was involved in The Art of Games, Italy's first main exhibition entirely dedicated to the world of game art. It opened on May 22 and will remain open until November 2009. The exhibition was organized and curated by the indefatigable team of MUSEA + Fabbrica Arte and by the mighty Matthias Hogvall. The venue is the Saint-Beinin Center in Aosta.
Early games suffered from an apparent disconnection between a title's intended narrative content and the reality of the played experience. I say "intended narrative" because many early works provided only a cursory, and predominantly overlooked, attempt at a narrative framing of gameplay. The box art and inserts (manuals, goodies and such) provided an introduction to the game world before a player dove into the digital realm. From my memory, I rarely recall looking through all the ancillary dirt surrounding my soon-to-be nugget of computer entertainment. However, the tradition of providing packaged extensions of the game's narrative space continues to this day in limited editions and pre-order specials. As a cataloguer of this material I rarely interact with the games in a digital space. I am circumscribed to a physical and textual relationship with the material and the game packaging forces me to confront arguments relating to the "whole package"; judging a game by its box art and tantalizing screenshots alone. The post below explores the concept of "box art rhetoric" as it relates to the presentation of board-game-like computer games.
The How They Got Game Project is organizing a one-day workshop that will focus on bringing together participants from several slices of the professional computer gaming world with an eye toward providing some initial documentation via oral histories, artifacts, and discussions of the scene. The workshop will have a limited admission and participation is by invitation only. Lunch and coffee/tea for breaks will be provided.
Henry Lowood will be presenting his research on virtual worlds preservation at UC Berkeley on April 30 2009 as part of the ongoing series of lectures organized by the Berkeley Center for Nerw Media. The title of Lowood's talk is "Demiurges of the Digital: The Creation and Curation of Virtual Worlds"
location: 340 Moffitt, BCNM Commons,, 01:30 - 03:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Our machinima spot on the conference, by J. Joshua Diltz.
The warehouse-like nature of this cataloging project just increased dramatically. We received the first four pallets of hardware last week, which represent a little less than a quarter of the total holdings in the Cabrinety Collection. The photos below just give a small taste of what we are dealing with here. Since the task ahead is rather daunting, a twitter feed will now be running and asking for some help in identifying certain confusing artifacts.
We are delighted to announce that the 2008 white paper on Digital Preservation is now complete and available for download!
Join us at GDC 2009 for a roundtable on the state of digital game preservation
Speaker: Henry Lowood (Curator/Professor, Stanford University)
Date/Time: Friday (March 27, 2009) 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Location (room): Room 113, North Hall
Track: Game Design
Format: 60-minute Roundtable
Experience Level: All
Robert Ashley, the mastermind behind the marvelous "A Life Well Wasted" blog and podcast, explores the world of collectors and archivists, visiting a massive underground collection of videogames, a vintage pinball museum, and a program at Stanford University that hopes to save the history of online gaming.
The How They Got Game Project at Stanford University is currently seeking papers that explore the connections between mapping, cartographic practices, electronic gaming, and virtual worlds for an illustrated book that will be published in 2010.
CFP: Ludic Cartography. Mapping GameSpaces
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