Welcome to Continuous Play, the retooled from the University of Texas Videogame Archive at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. This blog pairs perfectly with our brand new site, where we’ve redesigned things to appeal more to potential donors and researchers. You’ll notice that there are now two direct links labeled as such in the navigation menu on the left side of the site to help explain the type of research we help facilitate and the type of materials we collect. You can see examples of these various materials by clicking on the Media link, get in touch with us through the Contact link, and learn what we’re all about through the Mission link. You’ll even soon be able to play Agonoid, a flash game developed by UT’s student game developer society EgADS, by clicking the Play! link. Let us know what you think of the new site as well as anything else you’d like to see.
We at the UTVGA have also been keeping busy with other developments. All of our holdings have now been fully cataloged, allowing us to more effectively store our collections and free up space for new materials (hint, hint)! In addition, fully searchable and browsable EAD versions of several of our finding aids can now be found on TARO, and can be located by the creator’s last name (i.e. Garriott, Richard or Spector, Warren). Finally, we are working with students and professionals at the UT iSchool to preserve and make accessible materials currently stored on older hard drives and media within our collection. Reliable digital archival preservation is a relatively new and massively important field, and we are excited to be working with some of the leading figures within it. More to come on all these developments, so stay tuned!