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Library of Congress Games Interview

An interview on The Library of Congress blog (I know, right?) talks with David Gibson, one of the technicians involved in curating the library's growing collection of video games. He explains that their collection is benefiting from a recent change in the copyright process that requires submission of a full copy of each game, discusses the process of storing game boxes for posterity, and outlines their struggle with making the games accessible to researchers without endangering the ephemeral elements of their packaging.

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10. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 29, 2012, 07:38 Jonjonz
 
Ah the library of congress, that last plumb political appointment dream job of so many librarians where even the most mundane of tasks, like preserving the packaging of games denotes not one but several departments, department heads, and sub-departments with sub-heads.  
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9. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 23:35 nin
 

Clown porn disturbs me...

 
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8. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 18:03 eunichron
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 16:42:
Even midget donkey porn?

Especially midget donkey porn.
 
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7. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 16:42 Cutter
 
eunichron wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 11:28:
nin wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 11:00:
Wait, when you say "surprised the kinds of things we can catalog", did mean porn? Cause I'm down with that, too... :)

Oh, with the new RDA cataloging system that the Library of Congress is developing we can not only catalog your porn, we can tell you who produced it, where they produced it, in which building it was filmed, who wrote the soundtrack, who the actors are and which other films they've starred in, all other titles produced by that company, everything that director has filmed, any thematically similar titles (including parodies!), and we can tell you if it's available on DVD, BluRay, VCD, laserdisc, or digital download. If for some reason we don't have it, we can find out who does and request it through inter-library loan and have it for you in a matter of days.

Even midget donkey porn?
 
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6. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 11:28 eunichron
 
nin wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 11:00:
Wait, when you say "surprised the kinds of things we can catalog", did mean porn? Cause I'm down with that, too... :)

Oh, with the new RDA cataloging system that the Library of Congress is developing we can not only catalog your porn, we can tell you who produced it, where they produced it, in which building it was filmed, who wrote the soundtrack, who the actors are and which other films they've starred in, all other titles produced by that company, everything that director has filmed, any thematically similar titles (including parodies!), and we can tell you if it's available on DVD, BluRay, VCD, laserdisc, or digital download. If for some reason we don't have it, we can find out who does and request it through inter-library loan and have it for you in a matter of days.
 
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5. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 11:00 nin
 
eunichron wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 10:35:
nin wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 10:23:
Wow, that's pretty cool! No idea they did that!


I'm currently working on my masters in library and information science, you'd be surprised the kinds of things we can catalog!


I'm glad someone is preserving it. Outside of our hobby, it might seem silly to folks, but any gamer will tell you about some title that had a huge effect on them (possibly even influencing a future career), and the hours spent with it.

Wait, when you say "surprised the kinds of things we can catalog", did mean porn? Cause I'm down with that, too...





 
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4. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 10:48 Ecthelion
 
nin wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 10:23:
Wow, that's pretty cool! No idea they did that!

I live 30 minutes away from the A/V conservation branch of the LOC in Culpeper, VA, where all these games are being stored. I had no idea about the game conservation either, just movies, TV, and printed stuff. The wife and I go to the Culpeper site (Packard Campus) fairly often, because they screen older movies there for free. The staff selects the movies to show - this month they're showing some horror movies for Halloween, and several Bond movies too.

When they show movies and TV shows at the theater there, there are usually visual and audio artifacts from the film spool. It's a bit annoying but adds an authentic touch to the experience. I think they actually have a second copy of the original film that's just kept in storage (at least I hope so, since I know using old film repeatedly makes the film degrade). They have mentioned working with distributors to remaster some of the movies they preserve there for release on Blu-ray. It seems like a pretty cool place to work.

My wife actually works at the DC location, where she uses the "Voyager" software mentioned in the article. She doesn't do anything with A/V or games though, just books.

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3. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 10:35 eunichron
 
nin wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 10:23:
Wow, that's pretty cool! No idea they did that!


I'm currently working on my masters in library and information science, you'd be surprised the kinds of things we can catalog!
 
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2. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 10:27 TheEmissary
 
Kind of interesting project.

Assuming this is more than just a exhibition of the box art or game discs I hope they taking the time to backup the software. I wonder if they are going to work with some of the gaming companies to get a DRM-free version for archival purposes. Some games are likely to be lost to history because of the implemented DRM that requires either online activation or services. MMOs would be tricky as well.

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1. Re: Library of Congress Games Interview Sep 28, 2012, 10:23 nin
 

Wow, that's pretty cool! No idea they did that!

 
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