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Video game professor on preserving play

Stanford University's Henry Lowood is one of the few experts around the world working to preserve video games and their associated culture.

As curator for the History of Science & Technology collection, Professor Lowood has helped assemble a collection of 25,000 games, plus books, hardware, magazines and other gaming artefacts.

The preservation of massively multiplayer games is particularly problematic, because so much of the game's experience is based on a (very transient) community. One technique used to preserve online games so that future generations can experience what they were like when they enjoyed an active community is recording gameplay footage.

Professor Lowood has supplied footage of multiplayer games for the Game On exhibition, including material from the original text-based Multi User Dungeons played on university computers in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Screen Play chatted with Professor Lowood for today's Livewire feature on game preservation. The interview is after the jump.

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