Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Level 10 Archivist

If you like video games and archives, you may find interesting this post, descriptively titled How Archivists Helped Video Game Designers Recreate the City's Dark Side for 'L.A. Noire'.

Yeah, I don't have to explain very much with a title like that. But basically, in case you got distracted for a moment, the short version of the story is that there's this video game called L.A. Noire, which is set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s and features magnificently detailed views of the city, which apparently were inspired and aided by archival photos stored in archives guarded by archivists.

Now I'm thinking fondly that someone might one day come to me as the stern and wizened archivist guarding some archival images they need to make a video game.

I would look grim and set fearsome challenges for them to meet, and while they toiled filling out request forms I would laugh and laugh with glee.

Hahahahahaha! is what I would say.

Then I would help them. Especially if it sounded like a game I might want to play.

Anyway, the point is, you never know when cool old documents are going to come in handy, or for what. Archives rule!


1 comment:

erinserb said...

sounds very interesting - as I like film noire, and yes, archives do rule...so much exciting stuff out there.