Sep 14, 2009

Univ. of Texas Video Game Archive

Remember in 'PCU' when Jeremy Piven said you could major in Game Boy if you knew how to bullshit? Well, that's no longer necessary, because it is becoming an actual field of study, along with the preservation of early gaming materials for the benefit of future research and generations.

The UT Videogame Archive is a collection component of The Center for American History that seeks to preserve and protect the records of videogame developers, publishers, and artists for use by a wide array of researchers. The Center will strive to collect and provide access to materials that not only facilitate research in videogame history, but also provide materials of interest to those studying communications, computer science, economics, and other academic disciplines that are now, and will for the foreseeable future, be drawn to the processes driving the videogame industry.

It's not just a basement full of Ataris and Intellivisions, either. Like the quote says, the gaming world is composed of plenty of elements that make it cohesive. The donors aren't dropping off boxes of copies of Pong and Skate or Die (I swear they made five million copies of that game), but more comprehensive pieces that will hopefully help gaming transcend the label of mere entertainment. We are just now discovering 'why' people are so engaged by video games as opposed to 'that' they are merely engaged by them. This may help us make a breakthrough in learning processes and simulated reality, and will ultimately help us learn more about ourselves as humans.

we acquired a wide range of materials that document several phases of The Fat Man's life and career. Most importantly, the materials in this donation (as seen in the blue boxes at right) documents Sanger's work and progress through various videogame audio assignments. These boxes contain audio recordings at various stages of the game audio composition process, as well as correspondence with the client developers, musical notation, game demos, contracts, and other files. The recordings come in several different formats: CDs, DAT tapes, ADAT files on S-VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes, among others.

The Video Game Archive: Center for American History UT Austin
The Fat Man Gives More than Sixty Boxes!

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