Computer and Video Games

We support the study of computer and video games through the Computer and Video Game Archive, an interactive archive of video games, gaming consoles, microcomputers, displays, mobile platforms, controllers, and board and card games. Visitors to the interactive archive can use and play a wide variety of games from the 1970s to the present.

The archive also collects supporting print materials such as playing guides, books on the history and sociology of games, and novels and comics based on games.

For collecting purposes, we focus special attention on games for current systems and platforms that are critically acclaimed, innovative, or important; games and hardware for older systems and platforms of historical significance; games developed at the University of Michigan; analog games of historical significance; and games produced by independent publishers.

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