ars Technica

March 28, 2007 at 1:21 am (Uncategorized)

Well, I’ve been trying to respond to this post at Ars Technica but so far I have not been approved to join the community.  I’m not sure what else I have to do, but I’m starting to wonder if i filled out my form all wrong, or haven’t confirmed in some way, or they just don’t like the look of me.  Whatever.

Here’s an abbreviated response to the aforementioned post:  The Stanford Professor who is trying to establish a canon of essential video games is missing out on the collective knowledge and input of a vast gaming community – i.e. those people whose children will grow up with a lot of cultural investment in video games and gaming in general.  Instead of posting some list that looks arbitrary and poorly considered, use 2.0 tools to start gathering collective knowledge and consensus.  How hard would it be to build a survey that asks people to list the ten most important video games for future understanding of video game origins?  You could go by genre and platform, and generate dozens or hundreds of differently organized lists based on various criteria, thus making a more useful contribution to a fledgling field of video game collection development and preservation.

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