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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.

Policies and Literature

Feel free to check out these links to read about the things you can do at 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.

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.

Public Game Archives

Here is a list of game archives and museums that are also interested in preserving games.

Academic Game Collections

Here is a list of academic game collections that are similar to ours.

Game Conferences

Examples of game conferences that are commonly held in the U.S. There are also many great international conferences that aren't listed.