Laine Nooney Speaker, Writer, Historical Speculator
I believe in creating histories that imagine better futures. My talks, writings, and other imaginings focus on computer and video game histories, with special emphasis on obsolete technology, everyday practices, and marginalized users and makers.
Currently, my time is devoted to writing an industry history of the home entertainment software company Sierra On-Line, entitled Before We Were Gamers. As part of this work, I travel across America conducting extensive oral histories with dozens of past employees. Many of these interviews are being transcribed and preserved with the assistance of The Strong Museum of Play, and will comprise one of the largest oral history projects ever undertaken within the discipline of video game history.
As part of my long-standing interest in expanding knowledge of game history within the academy and beyond, I am currently co-founding ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories, alongside Henry Lowood and Raiford Guins. ROMchip will be an open access, hybrid-audience, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to fostering the historical study of games. Anticipated launch date is Winter 2017/Spring 2018.