Why preserve video games?

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by Marscaleb » Fri May 01, 2020 10:58 pm

Clearly we need to preserve old video games because the modern ones are all crap so if we don't preserve the old ones then future generations will only get to play crap.

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by Bregalad » Sat May 02, 2020 2:10 am

sean121 wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 1:31 am
With the advancement in technology, I don't think there is a need or a demand to preserve video games. I mean, who would want to play the game decade old. Yeah, for nostalgia, people would love to play but other than that I don't see any point.
Did you really register here just to tell us old games sucks ? What a looser.

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by sean121 » Sat May 02, 2020 2:17 am

Bregalad wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 2:10 am
sean121 wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 1:31 am
With the advancement in technology, I don't think there is a need or a demand to preserve video games. I mean, who would want to play the game decade old. Yeah, for nostalgia, people would love to play but other than that I don't see any point.
Did you really register here just to tell us old games sucks ? What a looser.
My answer was supposed to be sarcastic but I guess I am not very good at it.

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by tokumaru » Sat May 02, 2020 7:48 am

Bregalad wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 2:10 am
Did you really register here just to tell us old games sucks ? What a looser.
I'm sure we'll be getting SPAM messages from this account soon.

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by Pokun » Sat May 02, 2020 7:58 am

Don't be rude to newcomers even if they fail the first impression.

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by tokumaru » Sat May 02, 2020 8:13 am

Who the hell registers into a forum about old games just to say that old games suck? Come on, it has to be a troll/spammer.

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by Bregalad » Sun May 03, 2020 1:45 am

tokumaru wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 8:13 am
Who the hell registers into a forum about old games just to say that old games suck? Come on, it has to be a troll/spammer.
Well, he explained just above if you read, he tried to be sarcastic but failed at doing so. So no, he's no troll/spammer.

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by tokumaru » Sun May 03, 2020 2:58 am

Oops, I missed that!

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Re: Why preserve video games?

Post by snescentral » Mon May 04, 2020 4:53 am

"Why preserve video games?"

I mean, this is a difficult question to answer.

For me, the answer is, because I personally think it is important. I do what I do because I find it interesting. It is great if other people like what I do, but I have to say that my reasons are selfish. It is inherently difficult to consider what is important to save for prospective historians of the early video game period. I'm sure if you asked people who study early movies from before 1930, that they would love to have copies of certain lost movies, but I am sure they will never admit that every single lost movie was a massive loss.

The heavy hitter games, the ones that are objectively important, are certainly saved. The stuff on the fringes, like unreleased games, can only be saved through the determination of people who make it their hobby right now. But we, as contemporary observers cannot decide what is going to be important to future historians.

However, I have had some interactions that made me feel my efforts were worth it. The producer of the unreleased SNES version of Shadow of the Beast emailed me a couple of months ago thanking me for my page on the game, because he lost all his ephemera in the 2018 California fires. That is a good reason to keep preserving, to keep the memory of things alive for those who lost things through the passage of time.

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