More Than A Craze" is an online exhibition consisting of 46 photographs of New Zealand's early digital games scene. Curated by Melanie Swalwell and Janet Bayly, "More Than A Craze" is one of the outcomes of Swalwell's research into the history of digital games in New Zealand, in the 1980s.
The exhibition combines the work of some of New Zealand's best known documentary photographers - Ans Westra, Christopher Matthews, Robin Morrison - with images from the archives of Wellington's Evening Post and Auckland's Fairfax newspapers. These photographers captured images of games, gamers and gameplay in the moment when these were novel.
The exhibition website includes a short catalogue essay by Swalwell, and also a comments facility, where you are encouraged to record your impressions, memories, and recognitions.
The exhibition and photographs will be of interest to people both curious and knowledgeable about the history of play and interactive entertainment, including those who are nostalgic for the old arcade days.