Video game preservation is something which is important to me, but disappointingly the industry is shockingly inadequate at preserving its own history. If you have read my article about Nintendo’s war against emulation you will already know this. There are thousands of video games and prototypes that would have been lost to the ether was it not for some incredible people who found old arcade machines, or old cartridges and dumped the ROMs online. Sadly, Nintendo has destroyed many of these sites, but this will never stop passionate people.
If preservation is as important to you as it is to me then you should check out this amazing website. The Video Game History Foundation is a non-profit organisation which was founded in February 2017 by Frank Cifaldi, a member of the advisory board for the National Videogame Museum and a former editor at Gamasutra and 1UP. Video Game History Foundation is a digital library, and Cifaldi’s goal is to create the ultimate online video game archive. The website will have everything from magazine scans, PR and marketing materials, game box scans and original game source codes.
It’s still a work in progress at the moment, but you can follow their blog and keep updated with everything they’re working on. I urge you to check them out.