January 19, 2022

Studying and Playing Retro Video Games at Canadian University Libraries

From the CBC:

On the third floor of a University of Calgary building, a classic composition echoes through the halls, not Beethoven or Bach but Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. circa 1985.

Old video games are disrupting the university’s ultramodern digital library.

At universities across Canada, Super Mario Bros. and other games are infringing on Shakespeare’s turf, as games from the past begin to be studied as well as played.


Dylan Tetrault is in charge of the University of Calgary’s collection, which includes more than 100 vintage consoles and 2,000 games. It’s one of the biggest academic collections in Canada.

“We have got a lot of retro consoles that we take a lot of pride in, going all the way back to Pong systems, we have got a very interesting Coleco Telstar system from back in the late ’70s.”

Tetrault says that as video games have become more important in society, it is only natural that they would find a home in university libraries.

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See Also: Top 10 Games Played During 2015 in the Computer & Video Game Archive, University of Michigan Library (January 11, 2016)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.