Crowdsourcing Mornings: Save Point Zine About Video Games

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Save Point is a zine about video game history, written by a real, live historian. While lots of people (including me!) research the history of video games, a lot of that work ends up in journal articles or books geared toward an academic audience. My goal is to take the research and put in a form that is easier and less cost-prohibitive to access and more fun to read.
The theme of this first issue is “video game history through objects,” covering research practices, some of the challenges of researching video games, and then demonstrating the types of questions and concepts that drive projects. It builds on a talk I gave at MAGfest (which you can watch here).
Save Point is full of hand-drawn art and is approximately 24 full-color pages long with a saddle-stitched cover. With the funding needed, it will be professionally printed; a PDF version is also available. Topics covered in this first issue include:

  • Why does history of video games matter?
  • How do you do history?
  • Home Pong
  • Death Race
  • Centipede
  • Tetris
  • Feelies
  • Tamagotchi
  • Distribution and merchandising

Save Point is available as an individual print or PDF copy (or both!) or a bundle  or a PDF with reprint permission for classroom use. You can order for yourself, grab a class set, or send as a gift for your favorite student or history enthusiast.
As of April 24th, this project has raised $1,500 of their $1,200 goal. This project has 26 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $5, you will get a PDF of the completed zine.  For a pledge of $7, you will get one print copy.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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