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Computer & Video Game Archive

Resources related to the Computer & Video Game Archive, as well as projects and studies involving video games.

About the CVGA

The Computer and Video Game Archive in the lower level (basement) of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library collects materials relating to games for the purpose of academic inquiry, including but not limited to:

  • programming and technology
  • artistic and literary expression
  • social and cultural impact
  • instruction and education

Visitors to the archive can use and play a wide variety of games from the 1970s to the present. To see a list of some of the games available, search the subject video games in the catalog.

To contact the CVGA, you can send e-mail to video.games@umich.edu or call 734-763-6533.

Resources for Game Research

If you are looking for scholarly research on games, here is a good place to start:

Individual Project Examples

To give you an idea of what the CVGA has to offer, here are some examples of past game research involving the archive.

Class Sessions Taught in the CVGA

To give you an idea of what goes on in the CVGA, here is a list of class sessions previously taught in the archive.

Policies and Literature

CVGA in the News

The Computer & Video Game Archive has been featured via several media outlets.