ITALIAN GAMES ARCHIVE
The idea of an Italian Games Archive came to my mind many years ago, at the end of the 80s. Finally today it is possible with the new technologies to realized it and, thanks to the city of Udine that believed in the project, we are doing it. Really. It’s like a kind of a miracle!
The creation of an Italian Games Archive is somewhat important and urgent. In France, Austria, Switzerland and in Germany there are since many years similar entities that promote game’s culture as a tool that help social inclusion, but also to preserve a cultural heritage that otherwise would be lost.
Game is a metaphor to describe the interaction, so it has pedagogical, social and scientific properties. Promote games and toys has also industial and economic consequences, as realities such as Assogiocattoli shows to us.
The basic idea of the Italian Games Archive project is to create a documentation center to restore, preserve and valorize a heritage that is continuously dispersed. A way to increase our knowledge: culture, not culture’s marketing.
With the word “Games” many things can be defined, much different between them. Many items, some beautiful, some less. This project aim to study games in their positive values, both cultural and social.
Dario De Toffoli, October 2017
Studiogiochi’s management of the Italian Games Archive expires on December 31st, 2020. From the 1st of January 2021, the Archive is the responsibility of the Library Circuit of Udine, our best wishes go to them.
It has been four beautiful, intense and fruitful years and we have the audacity to believe that we have contributed to the spread of the gaming culture.
It was nice to work together and in harmony with many different souls of the varied and wonderful Gaming Universe: thanks to all those who collaborated with us in various ways.
The website archiviodeigiochi.it and the portal archivio.archiviodeigiochi.it will be still active and available for consultation through our domain studiogiochi.com.
Dario De Toffoli, January 2021