Remembering & Exhibiting Games Past: The Popular Memory Archive

Helen Stuckey, Melanie Swalwell, Angela Ndalianis, Denise de Vries


The Popular Memory Archive is an online collaborative research portal for collecting and exhibiting the production and reception histories of Australian and New Zealand micro-computer games of the 1980s. Proposed as a resource for both historians of technology and media, and the public, the site provides the means to collect and share the memories of those who lived and played their way through this period. This article surveys activity on the site and offers some preliminary evaluation of the significance of the online contributions. From this we consider the discursive, inclusive and questioning practices of the portal as a means of exhibiting historic games.


Game History; Digital Heritage; Games Preservation; Videogames; Museums; Curation; Fan Culture; Online Communities

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