Welcome to the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive (LGIRA). Designed around the concept of "preservation through use," LGIRA makes accessible to researchers all over the world and of all ages, a constantly expanding collection of computer games, systems, peripherals, memorabilia, scholarship, and a plethora of other game-related materials. 

Our new cataloging process for the Omeka database has only recently begun and is ongoing. Current estimates are that LGIRA houses more than 12,000 games, 100+ game systems, dozens of audio/visual materials, and innumerable para-texts ranging from joystick prototypes to game-branded food stuffs to unique game-themed handicrafts. There are also thousands of print materials in the Archive, from scholarly texts to industry publications to lab notes by early game developers to comic books.

The breadth of the LGI Research Archive is meant to be representative rather than comprehensive, making it an ideal source for jump-starting projects, as well as for expanding one's sense of scope.

So browse the online holdings and if you don't find what you're looking for, get in touch and we'll do some investigating ourselves. Chances are usually good that we either have what you need somewhere, or we'll know how to get it.


Recently Added Items

V for Victory: Victory Pak


-Includes: 3 games (Utah Beach, Velikiye Luki, and Market Garden), reference manual, installation guide, Market Garden operations manual, Three-Sixty…

Perfect General II


-Includes: Game Scenario and Campaign Editor (separate CD), both game's user manuals, two map booklets, campaign area poster, and warranty…

Sim City 4: Deluxe Edition


-Includes: 2 games (Sim City 4 and Sim City 4: Rush Hour Expansion Pack), installation guide, user manual, and hint card
-Sticker damage to back top…

Myst III: Exile


-Includes: 4 disks for gameplay and user manual

Final Fantasy VII Official Establishment File


Released six days before the release of FF7. The book documents the creation of the FF7 characters and world.



Final Fantasy VII is covered on page 96.

Game Buyer 01


Final Fantasy VII is the cover story.