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Retrogame archeology

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Lane Hall, Rodriguez Lecture Hall

MediaX, Interactive Media & Games Seminar

John Aycock , associate professor, Department of Computer Science,University of Calgary, Canada and Director of the Computational Media Design program.

John Aycock, Retrogame archeology. Even the simplest old computer games may have required technical miracles to get running at all -- retrogame programmers were constrained by both hardware and software in ways that are unimaginable now. Retrogame archeology looks under the hood of old games to uncover the clever tricks that make them tick. Learn about what retrogame archeology is (and isn't) and how old games are studied today.

John Aycock is the director of the Computational Media Design program at the University of Calgary, Canada, as well as an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. His current research area is primarily computer security, with occasional forays into art, ethics, and programming languages. He is pleasantly surprised to learn that his misspent youth playing what are now retrogames is now applicable to game studies.

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