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CFP: Perspectives on the History of Computer Games

This is a Call for Papers for a special issue of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

Proposals due: 15 May 2008
Response to authors: 1 June 2008
Drafts due: 15 October 2008
Submissions due for editorial review: 1 December 2008

New Machinima Essay

Some of you might be interested in my latest piece on machinima, part of a new volume published by MIT Press for the Macarthur Foundation Initiative on Digital Media and Learning:

"Found Technology: Players as Innovators in the Making of Machinima."

If the link asks for a password, that's only because I copied the link from a Stanford IP address. Just google the article title and follow the link to MIT Press -- there is a free version for upload.

We are Preserving Virtual Worlds

Just a short note to let everyone know that the previously announced project, "Preserving Virtual Worlds," funded by the U.S. Library of Congress, officially began quietly on 1 January. We are in business! We welcome contact from anyone interested in the work of historical preservation of digital games and virtual worlds.

Teaching in World of Warcraft

I'm teaching an on-line course for San Jose State University's School of Library & Information Science on "Games & Libraries." Last Friday, I tried something that I think might have been a first (though I'm not sure about that): having a class session not in Second Life (easy) but in World of Warcraft (crazy).

History Goes Digital

ABC News Video offers a short feature on NDIIPP (the National Digital Information Infrastrucure Preservation Program), who are sponsoring our game preservation project. You can see the feature here (there will be a short lead-in ad). If you stick to the end of the interview, you will see a bit on the "Preserving Virtual Worlds" project; that's us!

Library of Congress announces grants for preservation of digital games

The U.S. Library of Congress has announced the recipients of a group of major grants in the new digital preservation program called Preserving Creative America (PCA). This program reprsents a new phase of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).

Machinima Archives adds 500th title

I'm happy to announce that the Machinima Archive has recently added its 500th title. Brewster Kahle said yes to the idea of adding this collection to the new Moving Image collections area of the Internet Archive in June 2003, four years ago. Today, the Machinima Archive is part of the growing "Animation & Cartoons" section of the vast and growing Moving Images collection.

One World Action and Machinima

Nearly a year ago, I wondered about, "serious games? why not serious machinima?" on this blog. Well, it's happening. Consider the connection between One World Action (OWA) and the Online Machinima Film Festival (OMFF). One World Action "is working to create the power and opportunity for the poorest citizens to transform their own lives, and to challenge the international policies that make and keep people poor." That is certainly a serious agenda.

Xfire Censorship Debate

Yesterday, the Xfire Debate Club featured a debate on censorship in video games. From HTGG, Matteo was a panelist, and I was moderator. Other panelists were State Senator Leland Yee , Hal Halpin of the Entertainment Consumers Association , Dennis McCauley of the GamePolitics blog, Russ Pitts of The Escapist, and Dan Isett of the Parents Television Council.

Doug Wilson awarded Fulbright Scholarship

I am delighted to spread the word that Doug Wilson, who has been a big part of How they Got Game, has just been awarded a Fulbright Program scholarship. He will spend the next year abroad in Copenhagen at the IT University, working with the game studies group there around Espen Aarseth, T. L. Taylor, and Jesper Juul. This is a very competitive program, and Doug is a well-deserving recipient of the scholarship.

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