The Video Game History Foundation Wants To Save Gaming's Past

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 1, 2017

If the Video Game History Foundation is successful, we might soon be able to revisit those days, and new gamers would soon be able to learn about them. A non-profit dedicated to the preservation of video games and video game materials, the foundation is already working on special projects to help keep gaming history alive.

The initiative is headed up by Frank Cifaldi, who previously worked in the games press (at places like Gamasutra and 1UP) and as a developer (on games such as Mega Man Legacy Collection).

To celebrate the launch and help get the word out, IGN partnered with the foundation to show off some of the rare games preserved by the efforts of historians, and games like Daytona: Netlink Edition, a Final Fantasy 2 (NES) prototype, and a rare PC title called Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego? were streamed. He also founded the website Lost Levels in 2003, which catalogs information about unreleased games. "We believe that video games are more than just playable code". It's the ephemeral material that was produced around it. "And all of these things are in danger of disappearing unless we actually go out and find it and make sure it's safe". "If you're not a historian, that means lots of cool old video game stuff to look at and play with". The organization hopes to take action against this growing issue. I first became aware of him and his interest in video game history through the Retronauts podcast.

You can check out the VGHF's website here. The days of Nintendo Power magazines and physical guidebooks?

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