Sunday October 04, 2015
'We're kind of making it up as we go along' — What it's like to be a video game archaeologist
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- Why we treat tech companies like religions
- 'We're kind of making it up as we go along' — What it's like to be a video game archaeologist
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- Why this ad man thinks we're doing it all wrong online
- Full Episode
Archaeogaming is the application of archaeological methods to conducting archaeology in virtual space. This is where we do our in-game fieldwalking, our artifact-collecting, our typologies, our understanding of context, even aerial/satellite photography. Instead of studying the material culture (and non-tangible heritage) of cultures and civilizations that exist in "meatspace", we instead study those in the immaterial world.
For example, Archaeosoup Productions explored an archaeological dig within the game Skyrim:
Andrew has also been involved in physical video game archaeology. He was part of a team that unearthed hundreds of Atari game cartridges buried in a New Mexico landfill.
A 2014 documentary called "Atari: Game Over" centred around the burial and discovery of the games.