All posts by Darren Wershler

Darren Wershler is the Concordia University Research Chair in Media & Contemporary Literature, and, with Charles Acland, the co-founder of the Media History Research Centre at the Milieux Institute.

Forensics: Genesis 2 with original Mega Amp

A brief but interesting teardown of a Sega Genesis model 2 containing one of Ace and Villahed's original Mega Amp boards

/ April 3, 2019

Weeknotes: 22 March 2019

This was a very busy week at the Depot. We have four projects on the go: a database; the Wii-modding project; a new project dealing with Sega Genesis audio mods; and a Super Smash Brothers Melee project.

/ March 23, 2019

Forensics: Genesis 1 component-mod

What makes this Sega Genesis “High Definition Graphics” model 1 unusual is that it has a full set of gold-plated AV jacks added to the rear, for component video (YpBPr) and stereo sound. In this post, we open it up to see what's inside.

/ February 7, 2019

Emulation at the Residual Media Depot

An emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system to behave like another. At the Depot, we're interested in emulation for a variety of reasons.

/ September 2, 2018

The Platformization of Nostalgia

This is how business is done in the age of the Stack. On a global scale, Nintendo is concentrating decades of public interactions with its games and game systems into the narrowest possible channel, in order to shut down cultural practices that they don't like, and to extract maximum profit.

/ August 31, 2018

Forensics: Super Famicom component-mod

A forensic examination of the Depot's Nintendo Super Famicom, which has been modified with the addition of ports for composite video, S-video and component video, while leaving the functionality of Nintendo’s “multi out” connector intact.

/ February 14, 2018

The Video Game Archaeologist

Darren Wershler dusts off old consoles that say a lot about our culture

/ June 8, 2017

Syllabus: Media Archaeology 2017

Materiality, Cultural Technique, Space, Infrastructure

/ May 21, 2017

Boxes and the Work of Articulation

On the limits of "hard" media archaeology

/ November 5, 2016

Syllabus: Media Archaeology 2016

Collections, Platforms, Infrastructure, Signal Processing

/ July 22, 2016