This is to let you know about a new multimedia work I've recently completed, in
collaboration with Erik Loyer. I hope you will stop by soon and have a play, and
contribute to the ongoing research by adding memories and reflections on the content to
the project database. Please forward this to others who might be interested.
It will be launched at VUW on 23rd June, at 3:30pm. If you are in town and would like to
come, you're most welcome - get in touch with me and I will send out an invitation.
"Cast-offs from the Golden Age" is a work of fragments: there are moments of
fascination and serendipity, as well as the occasional dead end. You are the researcher
who is charged with uncovering the history of early digital games in New Zealand. Early
on you discover that this will be no easy task. Nevertheless, a picture of the early NZ
games industry gradually emerges from your pursuit of various avenues of inquiry. Was it
what you expected?
Play it at www.vectorsjournal.org
and add your reflections to the database.
"With little standard textual material on the subject, and even less in the way of
material artefacts housed in New Zealand cultural institutions, it was necessary to get
creative and innovate as far as research methods were concerned...Ephemera collections
quickly proved to be one of the best sources of information...the bits and pieces that
many people wouldn't consider worthwhile, the stuff that is usually
-- Melanie Swalwell
"In order to experience the largely unexamined history of video games in New Zealand,
Swalwell asks us to retrace some of her steps - and occasional missteps - in seeking to
discover this arcane and fragmented history. Swalwell's project refuses to deliver a
comprehensive history, choosing instead to allegorize the research process by embedding
bits of information within an information space... [The experience] is part exploration
and part role-playing-game, as different facts reveal themselves with each traversal of
the research space."
--Steve Anderson, Vectors Editor
Melanie Swalwell & Erik Loyer, "Cast-offs from the Golden Age", Vectors:
Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, http://vectorsjournal.org/
Issue 3 (Ephemera), Spring 2006.
Windows XP or Mac OSX with recent browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer), plus Flash
8 (the project page has a facility to check this).
Dr Melanie Swalwell
Media Studies Programme
School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
ph: +64 4 463 7446
fax: +64 4 463 5091