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Virtual Tour of California Extreme

Cloth Map released a 360 degree video of California Extreme, one of the United States’ largest arcade and pinball expositions. On a computer screen, you can click and drag the mouse in order to look in a 360 degree arc around the camera, as well as up or down. On a phone, you can move the phone to look around. The video also supports Google Cardboard.

Drew Scanlon, founder of Cloth Map, walks with Steve Lin, founding board member of the Video Game History Foundation. They look at various machines while Lin explains eye-catching videos.

Cloth Map is a video series that explores how games affect communities around the world. Scanlon announced in April that their first in-depth documentary would be about Ukraine. While the Ukraine gaming documentary has yet to be released, Scanlon did release a video about his experience in Ukraine at Eurovision.

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Flickr Pool: ’80s Arcades

With 178 Photos and 631 members (as of the time of this article), the Flickr Pool “Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989” collects photographs of people in arcades and game rooms in the ’80s.

Flickr Groups and Pools allow users to add photos to group collections. Click here to see this group. The above photos are some of the photos that give permissions to copy. Check out the page “Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989” to see the entire collection.

For Information Science professionals, Flickr is an ideal way to store photographs. The page displays all EXIF data from the photograph and allows users to add custom tags, choose GPS coordinates, and edit all possible sharing options. Plus, they give you the first terabyte of storage space for absolutely free, so sizing down 20MB raw files isn’t really an issue.

I am in no way affiliated with Flickr, but I appreciate their extensive use of metadata. I have had issues with some aspects of their user interface, but the other benefits more than make up for it. And since so many photographers upload their pictures with Creative Commons licenses, they are a great resource for stock photographs.

featured image “Oshkosh, 1982” by GJ Charlet III CC BY-NC-SA 2.0