Our Rotting Video-Game Heritage


Sun, Aug 1st, 2010 10:01 by capnasty NEWS

Not long ago a film buff turned up a 90 year old film of Charlie Chaplin. It had not shown since 1914, and was utterly forgotten by film historians -- yet because analog film technology has remained fundamentally unchanged since its invention, preservationists were able to re-debut the movie at a film festival in Virginia.

If the situation outlined in a new paper on the preservation of console video games does not change, decades from now similar rediscoveries--of the games many of us grew up with--will be impossible. And it won't just be the obscure titles: Entire libraries face extinction the moment the last remaining working console of its kind -- a Neo Geo, Atari 2600 or something more obscure, like the Fairchild Channel F -- bites the dust.



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