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Welcome to the University of Michigan's Computer and Video Game Archive (Video) 55

Posted by Roblimo
from the new-and-old-games-side-by-side-for-you-to-play dept.
After watching this video, a lot of you are going to wish you were Dave Carter, who works at the University of Michigan's Computer and Video Game Archive. He deals with video games, from the oldest hand-helds and consoles to the newest Xbox and PC games and controllers. A lot of his time is no doubt spent fixing things that break, finding obscure games, being generally helpful, and making sure nobody breaks the games, consoles, computers, controllers, and even board games and memorabilia in the collection. But still, this has got to be the ultimate job for a game junkie. And it looks like a great place to visit, because this museum is part of a library, and just as a library encourages you to pick up books and read them, this is a place where you can actually play the games, not just stare at a ColecoVision console in a display case. You can play in a cubicle or, for games that take some space, there are a couple of big gaming rooms with soft-looking sofas and big flat-screen TVs, where you can jump up and down like crazy while you're doing Guitar Hero or using a Wii or Kinect. And if you can't make it to Ann Arbor, MI, there's an informative blog that's all about video games past and present that's must reading for almost any serious gamer.

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Welcome to the University of Michigan's Computer and Video Game Archive (Video)

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  • by ackthpt (218170) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @12:43PM (#41152199) Homepage Journal

    This is exactly why we need to do away with publicly funded education. This type of shit would never fly in the private sector. Remember this story the next time you get your tax bill.

    You fool. Universities offer video game production programs of study, they have for years.

    Back to the Stygian Abyss with you!

  • by spire3661 (1038968) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @12:50PM (#41152349) Journal
    Yet im sure you have no problem wasting millions a year on sports programs. Video games are a viable human activity.
  • Re:Great idea (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @01:22PM (#41153033)

    Well, they die in part because nobody really takes care of them. You could say the same thing about old books or works of art, yet the preservation of those is a precise science these days. If all that mattered was the contents, we could digitize or replicate all of it. But we don't. We don't just throw old tomes through Google's book scanner and then toss them into the recycle bin. The spine of a 1,500-year-old book may not hold any particular value to people who make books today, but we keep them around because there's still a cultural value in having the physical form that holds the content. Maybe not for you, but for a lot of people.

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