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Ebook | $2.99 Short | ISBN: 9780262324328 | 47 pp. | July 2014
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Landfill Legend, Digital Original Edition

A BIT of Game After


What happens to video games when they are out of date, broken, nonfunctional, or obsolete? Should a game be considered an “ex-game” if it exists only as emulation, as an artifact in museum displays, in an archival box, or at the bottom of a landfill? In this BIT, Raiford Guins describes the journey of a game from flawed product to trash to memorialized relic, as seen in the history of Atari’s infamous E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

About the Author

Raiford Guins is Associate Professor of Culture and Technology at Stony Brook University and the author of Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife (MIT Press).