Video Gameplay Database (2009)

A proposed database of game-play recordings and related visualizations of game-play data.

The Video Gameplay Database (VGDb) is a web-based research platform for game scholars. The database is organized around two core objects: video recordings of game play and representations of those sessions. As researchers submit new video and data sets, our collective insights about the culture and the aesthetics of games will continue to grow.

A standard set of visualizations can be created for each game play recording, including a storyboard, interactive visualizations (inspired by work of John Maeda, Ben Fry, the Processing community, and others) and long-exposure images (borrowing the initial idea from the artist Jason Salavon). Additionally, these assets will be available for artists and researchers to download, remix, and appropriate, further enabling the cultural conversation surrounding video games.

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