Monday, August 11, 2008

the collection and preservation of MMOs @ The University of Texas at Austin

Megan Winget (in World of Warcraft)

a recent post on kotaku reports that The School of Information and project partner The Videogame Archive @ The Center for American History (both @ The University of Texas at Austin) have received funding for and are beginning to study the collection and preservation of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games including World of Warcraft (WoW), EverQuest (EQ) and Ultima Online (UO)

the methods discussed include interviews w/the developers, documenting oral histories from the players and in game documentation (i.e. screen recordings) of 'epochal moments'

Library Journal has an interview w/the the project head Assistant Professor Megan Winget. Winget says that this study is in the context of her primary research interest, which is in "the preservation of new media artifacts, specifically new media art, of which videogames are a major exemplar."

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