Digital archeologist

Publisher (American Numismatic Society)

New York


Andrew Reinhard studies the archaeology of video games. In 2014 he led the team of archaeologists who excavated the "Atari Burial Ground" in New Mexico (USA) where Atari had dumped almost 1,000,000 game cartridges. His first book, "Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games", was published in 2018 (Berghahn Books).

He is finishing his PhD at the University of York (UK) on how to conduct archaeological investigation of software and games. His future plans include understanding digital things as built heritage to create an archaeology of the 21st century.

When not exploring games, he records electronica as Cyphernaut. His first record, "Assemblage Theory", is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

Activities
Exhuming Atari: archaeology and the video game graveyard
Exhuming Atari: archaeology and the video game graveyard
10/04/2019 20:15

An urban legend stated that in 1983 Atari buried millions of video game cartridges in a desert landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico (USA). These games included copies of "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial", the worst video game of all time.

31 years later archaeologists returned to the desert to conduct the world's first excavation of video games to see if the rumor was true, and what other secrets Atari buried with E.T. 

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