The Strong and Rochester Institute of Technology Form Partnership

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

June 24, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Vienna Carvalho (RIT), 585-475-4952, vnccom@rit.edu

The Strong and Rochester Institute of Technology
Form Partnership to Preserve Video Game History

ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong (home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and World Video Game Hall of Fame) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are pleased to announce a partnership to formally collaborate on exhibits, projects, workshops, and presentations aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding of the history and impact of video games and ways to preserve them.

“There’s great synergy among The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) and RIT’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity and the School of Interactive Games and Media in studying video game history and working to preserve it,” says Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s ICHEG. “This agreement formalizes a long-standing relationship between The Strong and RIT, and it illustrates the important video game work being done right here in Rochester, which is becoming an increasingly important center of video game development and study.”

As part of the agreement, RIT will provide The Strong with four co-op students each year to advance video game preservation efforts in the areas of video game capture, digital data migration, and other technical issues related to the long-term care and maintenance of video game data. The two organizations will also work together on joint exhibits—both at The Strong and at RIT—beginning with the science-fiction themed Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns slated to open at the museum on June 11.

“I am pleased to see this relationship between The Strong and RIT continue to grow,” said Stephen Jacobs, professor at RIT and visiting scholar at The Strong. “This partnership really expands the scope of work being done between the two organizations in the realm of electronic games, and further solidifies RIT and the MAGIC Center as a national gaming hub that is helping lead the way for our students to develop and market their digital gaming creations.”

The partnership also calls for joint participation in national and international conferences to advance the study of video games. The Strong; RIT; Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan; and the University of Alberta are in discussions to bring the “Replaying Japan” conference to Rochester in 2017 to promote understanding of the origins and development of the Japanese gaming industry and its impact on worldwide culture. The two organizations will also explore opportunities to collaborate on public and academic educational pursuits, such as classes, workshops, and lecture series. The Strong plans to make its video game collections areas available to up to eight RIT classes annually for behind-the-scenes tours and study.

Says Dyson, “We’re excited to see what collaborative projects our two world-class organizations will develop through this partnership—from unique interactive guest experiences to cutting-edge work on game preservation.”

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.

About Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S. The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo. For news, photos and videos, go to www.rit.edu/news.