Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Girls' Gaming Group

Your friendly CVGA intern, here, to tell you about a new and exciting group. The Computer and Video Game Archive is proud to host a Girls' Gaming Group, the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings of every month, from 6-9 PM at the archive. Beginners welcome! If you're interested, please join our Facebook group.

Whether you're like me, and have a love of older games, or you're into new games coming out, this is an excellent chance for you to game and meet other women gamers in a non-competitive atmosphere. I hope to see you there!

Video Game History Museum in the Works

The organizers of the annual Classic Gaming Expo - John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli - have a mission. They want to start a physical museum that collects everything about classic games - every version of every game, design & developer notes, promotional materials, backups of unreleased games, etc. 

The exact location is yet to be determined, but San Jose, CA is their stated goal. The group has already done much to raise donations and is getting close to their goal, but is still accepting donations via their website.

More information can be found on their website and via their press release.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A2 GeekTour Explores the CVGA

We recently had the opportunity to host a social event for the A2 GeekTour, whose aim is to create "a chance for geeks to get together and explore a physical space that has some claim to geekdom." 

Highlights included the group experiencing moments of nostalgia as they checked out our Atari games and some of the older equipment, as well as an opportunity for them to rock out with a few Rock Band songs, complete with the string guitar controller.

You can read more about the event on the group's blog.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hiring at the CVGA!

For those who are interested in working at the archive, now is the time to apply!

Go to the Student Employment website and apply using the online system (Job ID 21972). Please include your Fall semester availability as well.

Note that we're looking primarily for work-study students, although we might be able to sneak in a non work-study student with previous experience in computer building/repair. We look forward to hearing from you!

Library Assistant
Job ID 21972
Funding Source Work-Study
Employer Art, Architecture & Engineering Library

Job Description - Work at the Computer & Video Game Archive desk to circulate games, answer questions, and enforce archive policies. - Test donated games and equipment, help install software/hardware, etc. - Assist in running archive-related special events and tournaments. - Contribute to the archive blog and Twitter account.
Educational value of this job. - Gain experience working in an academic library, and gain knowledge of the inner workings of a library special collection. - Gain experience repairing newer & older computers/consoles. - Increase your knowledge of the video game and media industry.
Job Requirements At least 4 of the following: - Previous customer service experience. - Knowledge of and experience playing a large number of old & new video games. - Knowledge of and experience using software related to PC games (Steam, DOSBox, etc.) - Experience building/repairing PC computers and/or video game consoles. - Experience designing posters and informative displays. - Experience giving tours or coordinating special events.

Number of Available Openings 2
Hours 16.0 to 20.0 hours per week
Compensation $9.00/hour, $0.25 raise after 300 & 600 hours worked
Time Frame Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer
Contact Person Valerie Waldron
Work Location Computer & Video Game Archive, Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, Duderstadt Center.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Top Games - Month of July 2011

Here are our top games from last month. A class project involving Okami and a fan of the Jak & Daxter series have brought some new names to the list:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox 360)
2. Fifa Soccer 11 (Xbox 360)
3. Starcraft II (PC)
4. Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
5. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360)
6. (tie) NCAA Football 10 (Xbox 360)
6. (tie) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
8. (tie) Okami (Wii)
8. (tie) Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PS2)
8. (tie) NBA 2K11 (Xbox 360)