Conference: 3rd POCOS Symposium on Preservation of Games and Virtual Worlds

3rd POCOS Symposium on Preservation of Games and Virtual Worlds:

• 26-27 January 2012
• The Novotel Hotel, Cardiff, UK
• Organised by the Future-Proof Computing Group, University of Portsmouth, UK.
• Symposium Fee: Free + £10 donation for refreshments (payable at the event)

Online registration:

Details after the jump

Preservation of video games and virtual worlds presents challenges on many fronts, including complex interdependencies between game elements and platforms; online, interactive and collaborative properties; and diversity in the technologies and practices used for development and curation.

This exciting two-day symposium will provide a forum for participants to discuss these challenges, review and debate the latest developments in the field, witness real-life case studies, and engage in networking activities. The symposium will promote discussion on such topics as:

• Implications and advances in preserving video games and virtual worlds
• Issues of recreating complex technical environments in terms of mods, cracks, plug-ins, joysticks etc. for both console and PC games
• The overriding need to provide an authentic user experience for preserved games
• The Economical Case for re-releasing old games
• Legal and Ethical issues in collecting, curating and preserving virtual worlds
• Interpretation and Documentation, especially metadata

Keynote Speakers:
• Dr Jerome McDonough – The iSchool, University of Illinois, USA / Preserving Virtual Worlds Project
• Prof. Richard Bartle FRSA – University of Essex, UK and creator of MUD1
• Dr Dan Pinchbeck, TheChineseRoom, UK and creator of Dear Esther

Presenters include:
• Paul Charisse, Visual Effects Artist, University of Portsmouth, UK with credits The Lord of the Rings (Gollum) and Harry Potter
• Tom Woolley – Curator of New Media, National Media Museum, UK

The programme also includes break-out sessions for participants to discuss key topics in the preservation of games and virtual worlds.

For more information, please visit the POCOS page at:

Download the brochure at:

Bookings are now open at the project website – however, space is limited so please book early. A waiting list will be maintained once the symposium is fully booked in case of late cancellations.

We look forward to welcoming you at the event!

Preservation Of Complex Objects Symposia (POCOS) has been funded by the JISC Information Environment Programme 2009-11

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