it’s really important to look at the history of something that has such a pervasive impact on everyday life,” said Chris Young, head of collections and digital scholarship at U of T Mississauga Library, whose team is working to organize and catalogue the collection. Stephanie Fisher, research officer at U of T, said she hopes the collection will help foster more involvement in gaming from groups that are under-represented in the industry, while Siobhan O’Flynn, an assistant professor, teaching stream, in the department of English and drama at U of T Mississauga, said the collection represents an “extraordinary” scholarly resource.
A massive collection of video games, including classic Atari games and more recent PlayStation and Xbox games, has been bought by the University of Toronto Mississauga, according to CBC News. This acquisition will offer up fascinating new study opportunities. The collection was put together by the late programmer Syd Bolton and contains more than 14,000 games, close to 5,000 periodicals, and numerous platforms and systems. According to CBC News, Bolton’s wife contacted U of T Mississauga to make sure the collection is kept for public use. Regarding academic studies,
“To be able to go back and play these titles with perspective from 2022, and to think about the impact of these games in their own moment and their cultural moment and in the context of design but also how we perceive this today, is going to be incredibly enlightening,” O’Flynn told CBC News.