About the Journal

ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories is a platform designed for the advancement of critical historical studies of games, broadly imagined across a variety of fields, disciplines, and professions. It supports any discipline of work enlivening the history of games in local and global contexts, and embraces diversity in how game history is studied, documented, collected, preserved, and practiced. ROMchip is where the history of games is taken seriously.

Publishing works in the form of scholarly articles, transcripts of oral histories and interviews, along with short works devoted to game related artifacts at cultural institutions, and translations, ROMchip is committed to both theoretically and empirically informed historiography as well as rigorous research methods. Our content actively appeals to scholars, critics, journalists, enthusiasts, archivists, and students across a wide range of fields such as, but not limited to, cultural history, design studies and history, game studies, history of computing, history of science and technology, material culture studies, media studies, museum studies, and science and technology studies.

ROMchip is committed to embracing both academic and non-academic contributors and readers. Our creative commons license ensures authors maintain control of their work while our non-paywall means that content is available to everyone.

Issues are published bi-annually in July and December. The journal was founded in 2019 by Raiford Guins, Henry Lowood, and Laine Nooney.


As a self-published journal that generates no income, donations help ROMchip pay our operating costs while keeping all of the valuable work published here free and open to the public. Our base expenses include copyediting fees, hosting fees, and fees and services related to maintaining ROMchip as a fiscal entity. Anything raised beyond our base operating costs help fund translations, commission new work, pay graduate students assistants, and improve functionality on our website.
ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories is managed by ROMchip LLC, and is fiscally sponsored by The Hack Foundation (d.b.a. Hack Club), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN: 81-2908499). All donations are tax deductible. Hack Club oversees and audits all revenue we draw from this account, ensuring that our finances meet with the appropriate standards to meet tax-deductible status. ROMchip LLC can be contacted at 767 Broadway, #1102, New York, NY 10003.


ROMchip is largely supported by independent donors, and supplemented by the research funds of members of the Editorial Group. Initial development costs for website design were funded by The School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Previous financial support has been provided by the Indiana University School of Media and The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.