Kelsey Lewin is the co-director of the Video Game History Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and teaching the history of video games. When not collecting, digitizing, and archiving game history, Kelsey is co-owner of Pink Gorilla Games, a chain of two video game retail stores in Seattle, Washington.
In this podcast, Kelsey and I talk about the recently announced Video Game Source Project, a new initiative to collect the raw materials used in a game’s production. What are the challenges to obtaining and preserving a game’s source? How does copyright come into play? And what can modern developers do to ensure their code is preserved? We also chat about the VGHF’s recent collaboration with Ron Gilbert of Monkey Island fame, as well as the VHGF’s recent launch of their own podcast, the Video Game History Hour. Finally, we pivot to chat about the state of retail in a digital age and in the midst of a pandemic.
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