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30 Jan 2017

Kishonna Gray Digital Dialogue

By | 2017-05-12T17:44:38+00:00 Mon, Jan 30, 2017|Digital Dialogues, Events|

As racial projects, video games legitimize white masculinity and hegemonic ideology through the ‘othering’ process. This is performed via pixelated minstrelsy by depicting Black and Brown bodies as objects to be destroyed and women as bodies to be dominated. The mediated story of Black characters is limited and situated within buffoonery (comedy) or crime

26 Feb 2013

Rachel Donahue: “It’s too dangerous to go alone! Take this.”

By | 2016-07-13T10:04:35+00:00 Tue, Feb 26, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Videogame preservation has made great strides in the last four years, from having the Art of Video Games on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art to making the program of the annual Game Developers conference. As with any other type of preservation or conservation, preserving videogames requires some fairly esoteric knowledge and specialized

25 Oct 2012

Preserving Virtual SNES Games

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:23+00:00 Thu, Oct 25, 2012|Community|

I had originally planned to use this post  to log my adventures in desoldering the CPU from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), but, alas, the campus couriers are holding the all-important solder sucker hostage.  Instead, I'll talk a little bit about the work we've done with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), which involves significantly

7 Feb 2012

Preserving Virtual Worlds I

By | 2016-01-21T20:32:31+00:00 Tue, Feb 7, 2012|

Between 2008 and 2010, MITH partnered with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Linden Lab (creators of Second Life) for a project funded by the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) on Preserving Virtual Worlds. The project, supported by NDIIPP's Preserving Creative America program, explored methods for preserving digital games, interactive fiction, and shared real time virtual spaces. Major activities include developing basic standards for metadata and content representation and conducting a series of archiving case studies for early video games and electronic literature, as well as Second Life, the popular and influential multi-user online world.

7 Feb 2012

Preserving Virtual Worlds II

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:45+00:00 Tue, Feb 7, 2012|

Preserving Virtual Worlds II: Methods for Evaluating and Preserving Significant Properties of Educational Games and Complex Interactive Environments (PVW2) was conducted in partnership with the University of Illinois (lead institution), the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Stanford University, with the goal of improving the capacity of libraries, museums, and archives to preserve computer games, virtual worlds, and interactive fiction. This IMLS-funded project was a follow-up to the original Preserving Virtual Worlds I project.

4 Nov 2011

“Archive Ahoy!”: A Dive into the World of Game Preservation

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:02+00:00 Fri, Nov 4, 2011|Community|

Preserving Virtual Worlds 2 is an ongoing project funded by the IMLS that builds on the work of Preserving Virtual Worlds. Rachel Donahue, doctoral student at the University of Maryland iSchool and research assistant at MITH, recently wrote a post outlining the work of PVW2. As Donahue states, PVW2 focuses on "what exactly accessing

25 Jul 2011

Born-Digital Materials at UVA’s Rare Book School

By | 2015-12-21T15:19:12+00:00 Mon, Jul 25, 2011|News|

It's a privilege and thrill to be returning this week to teach for a second time at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. My course, which I'm co-teaching with Naomi Nelson (Director of Special Collections at Duke) is on Born-Digital Materials. That may sound strange, but RBS has had the vision to recognize that

15 Dec 2009

Ghosts of a Chance: A Museum-Based Alternate Reality Game

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:13+00:00 Tue, Dec 15, 2009|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

The Smithsonian American Art Museum implemented the world's first museum-based Alternate Reality game titled "Ghosts of a Chance" in 2008. The game ran for three months, both on-line and in the real world, and attracted over 6,000 players. Goodlander will present an overview of the game, from a tattooed bodybuilder to the display of fake

29 Sep 2009

The Harlem Renaissance in Second Life

By | 2016-08-09T11:36:18+00:00 Tue, Sep 29, 2009|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

This talk will address various aspects of teaching in Second Life. Drawing on their two-year experience co-teaching courses on the Harlem Renaissance that have brought together students from the University of Maryland, the University of Central Missouri, and the Sorbonne, Bryan Carter and Zita Nunes will discuss the pedagogical opportunities afforded "in-world."

15 Sep 2009

A Glance at the Current State of Video Game Preservation

By | 2016-08-08T17:41:17+00:00 Tue, Sep 15, 2009|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

A number of cultural institutions have begun to take an interest in videogame preservation--but before materials make it to the archives, they are managed by their creators. Understanding what the videogame industry itself is doing with the concept art, tools, and other records they create is an important step to ensure that these increasingly important