CfP: Pressing Restart: Community Discussions on Video Game Preservation

AMIA Student Chapter @ NYU calls for papers for a new event this Fall 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Pressing Restart: Community Discussions on Video Game Preservation.

Important Dates:

  • Workshop Paper Deadline: June 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Workshop Paper Notifications: July 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Workshop Date: September 28, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Easter Standard Time New York, location TBA

When saving a game, what exactly are we saving, and how do we save such a complicated form of media? Pressing Restart: Community Discussions on Video Game Preservation is a one-day event dealing with the preservation of video games. By examining common issues such as hardware obsolescence, emulation software, selection criteria, and contextual information, this event will look at the myriad of concerns in this young media format as well as discuss solutions to ensure long-term access to games beloved by generations of players. Rather than limiting the discussion to archivists and preservationists, we plan to invite the whole community to have an open dialogue around the importance of video games.

Workshop Topics and Themes:

·      Selection criteria for video games

·      Format and software obsolescence

·      Migration

·      Emulation

·      Cataloguing and metadata of video games

·      Alternate forms of access

·      Defining authenticity in video games



Papers should be limited to two pages with a summary of the work.

Include your resume.

Submissions must be in PDF format and sent to archiving.videogames@gmail.com

Papers will be selected by the AMIA at New York University Executive Committee.



After the very successful event last year, Archiving the Arts, the AMIA Student Chapter @ NYU pretends to continue to engage communities in discussions of current topics involving archiving and preservation. This association, based in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, joins an emerging dialogue with professionals, scholars, students, and other enthusiasts called together to address the most urgent issues of conservation, preservation, and access in the field.

For more information about the organization, news and previous events visit our website: http://amiastudentsnyc.com/

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