One man’s quest for real archaeology inside video game worlds

2 Girls 1 Podcast

The Daily Dot (Licensed)

It belongs in a museum!

As we spend more and more time inside digital worlds, documenting human behavior in virtual spaces has become an exciting new field of research.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk to gaming archaeologist Andrew Reinhard about his expeditions inside the universe of space exploration game No Man’s Sky.

Reinhard, who is working on a Ph.D. in gaming archaeology, is documenting the abandoned civilizations left behind by players when No Man’s Sky was recently updated—a transformation he calls a “climate change event” that compelled many to leave their homes among the stars.

Reinhard was also the archaeologist who assisted filmmakers in unearthing the legendary Atari game dump, in which thousands of E.T. cartridges were buried in the ’80s after a massive commercial failure.

UPDATE (6/25/2018): You can now purchase Reinhard’s book Archaeogaming, which chronicles his research in video game archaeology.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.