Dr Akinori Nakamura (Ritsumeikan University, Japan) visited with members of the Play It Again team this week to learn about the game preservation work we have been doing in Australia, and to explore possibilities for collaboration. He first came to Adelaide, where Melanie Swalwell explained the project and showed him through the Computer Archaeology Lab. Melanie and Aki then continued onto Melbourne, where they met with ACMI’s Collections Manager, Nick Richardson, and Flinders postdoctoral researcher, Helen Stuckey. Nick gave Aki a tour through the “Screen Worlds” exhibition, which features some of the Australian made games we have been working on.
Nick then provided a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of ACMI’s preservation suite, and demonstrated the 1541 Ultimate device that we used to create tape images for Commodore 64 games.
We also had some fun playing with the shadow monster exhibit in “Screen Worlds”.
It was very interesting to be able to share the achievements and challenges of Play It Again with another game preservationist, and to hear about the work that has been happening at Ritsumeikan University. The visit was made possible by the Japanese agency for cultural affairs.