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"Play It Again" Australian Software Archival Project
Researchers at Flinders University are hoping to collect memories and games of Australia's early video gaming industry before they are lost to digital degradation.
With many of the first home computer games now more than 30 years old, Associate Professor Melanie Swalwell, a researcher from the School of Humanities Department of Screen and Media, fears the nostalgic items will become unusable soon if not transferred or stored.
"We are interested in recording the history and documenting the history of games that were written, and how they were consumed and enjoyed in this part of the world," Dr Swalwell said.
As the leader of the Play It Again Project, Dr Swalwell has been cataloguing Australian and New Zealand-produced games for the micro-computers of the 1980s, including the Commodore 64, Sega SC3000, Microbee, TRS80, Macintosh, Amstrad PC and Apple ][.
"There is a lot of knowledge out there, there are a lot of memories out there, but it hasn't been collated into any format like the history of film has been in the past," Dr Swalwell said.
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I wasn't around to experience the era first hand, but it's great to see someone working to preserve Australia and New Zealands contributions to computing and gaming history.
They're currently looking for specific Australian and New Zealand developed software titles to archive, especially since good-condition disks that haven't suffered from degradation are becoming increasingly more difficult to come by. The current list of wanted titles can be found here:
Even if you don't have software to contribute, you can still share memories in the form of stories, images and videos of Australian computing and gaming history with them, maybe of that one christmas morning unboxing a Commodore, Tandy or (of course) Macintosh as a kid back in the 80s.
They're aiming to have some of the titles accessible in a browser soon, and of course any titles they come across will be archived and protected for the ages.
( Via playitagainproject.org )
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