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The Learning Games Initiative is an international, transdisciplinary, and multi-institutional research collective founded in 1999 that studies, teaches with, and builds computer games in educational contexts. This website, built on the Omeka CMS framework, coordinates LGI's massively distributed archive. At present, the archive contains more 250,000 items, including:

  • 15,000+ games;
  • 200+ game systems;
  • Hundreds of scholarly, trade, and fan publications;
  • Thousands of other artifacts representing the game industry's wide and deep incursion into global popular culture, from feature length films and soundtracks, to articles of clothing and comestibles, to private and corporate documents concerning various aspects of game design and development.

Nota bene: Our sincere apologies for the massive data entry backlog. We are working diligently to clear it, and we expect the database to be up-to-date by the middle of 2020.

The LGI Research Archive (LGIRA) is open to all game researchers, no matter their ages or institutional affiliations. To set up an appointment or to consult with an archivist, contact one of the Co-Directors or Regional Directors:

Co-Directors
Ken McAllister, University of Arizona
mesmerATarizonaDOTedu

Judd Ruggill, University of Arizona
jruggillATarizonaDOTedu

Regional Directors & Archivists
Steve Conway, Swinburne University of Technology
sconwayATswinDOTeduDOTau

Jennifer deWinter, Illinois Institute of Technology
jdewinterATiitDOTedu

Carly Kocurek, Illinois Institute of Technology
ckocurekATiitDOTedu

Kevin Moberly, Old Dominion University
kmoberlyAToduDOTedu

Ryan Moeller, Utah State University
rylishDOTmoellerATusuDOTedu

Marc Ouellette, Old Dominion University
mouelletAToduDOTedu

Matthew Payne, University of Notre Dame
mpayne8ATndDOTedu

Rolf Nohr, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
r.nohrAThbk-bsDOTde

Jason Thompson, University of Wyoming
jthomp32ATuwyoDOTedu

Senior Assistant Regional Director
Victoria Braegger, Purdue University
vbraeggeATpurdueDOTedu

Director of International Relations
Yanchen "Howard" Zhang, University of Arizona
yzhang25ATarizonaDOTedu

Partners in Crime
The University of Texas-Austin Videogame Archive
Stanford University Library-National Institute of Standards and Technology Cabrinety Collection