BACTalk. THIS TOO SHALL PASS: VALUING THE IMPERMANENCE OF DIGITAL GAME EXPERIENCES
March 10, 2023 (12:00 pm)
Location: BAC 325
BAC Talk "THIS TOO SHALL PASS: VALUING THE IMPERMANENCE OF DIGITAL GAME EXPERIENCES" by Jon Saklofske
It's easier to read a 200-year old book than it is to play a 30 year-old video game. Because digital and computing technologies evolve so quickly, many people are rightly concerned about video game preservation. But what if this way of thinking is mistaken? What if the desire to save video games is driven by a refusal to accept that they are ephemeral experiences? This presentation will reconsider digital games as experience opportunities that expire, not timeless myths or preservable stories. Like their sport counterparts, video games are important only because they are time-limited events. Their cultural value and impact depends on their finite availability and accessibility.
Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served!
Made possible by the generous support of the Harrison McCain Foundation, the Faculty of Arts, and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.