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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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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.

This comment was edited on Sep 28, 2012, 10:57.
 
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