Is Preserving Video Game History Important To You?

Submitted by: fancylad 1 month ago Tech

Frank Cifaldi thinks the culture is worth preserving and he wants to save it for future generations. Also, his video game collection is in-fucking-sane!
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Male 2,422
Has he ever spoken to a woman without having to give her his credit card number?
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Male 249
This is a great project. As part of the generation that grew up during the early days of home computing, I found the games fascinating, for me it wasn't comic books or action figures but the good old ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and then my all time favorite the Commodore Amiga.  
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Male 4,948
mrteatime Amiga's have GREAT graphic ability, They are actually the core of the video toasters. Which did most of the special effect shots seen on Babylon 5
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Male 4,948
mrteatime I remember my C64, great machine, Then I moved up to a Columbia "portable" which had a mono chrome green screen and was the size of a large sewing machine and weighed twice as much It also had no hard drive everything was on 720 floppies :-( Then in 1990 I moved uop to an actual 386 running Windows 3.11 :-)
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Male 249
thezigrat It was C64 to the Amiga 600/500+/1200 for me, I finally made the jump to a PC in 1995, a Pentium 90Mhz, cost a small fortune that thing.
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Male 4,948
mrteatime I got my first Pentium in 93 if i remember 90MHz after I upgraded my 486 which replaced my 386
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Male 4,948
Everything BUT THE ET video consul game is worth saving.  That one game has no redeeming values at all. they should all be packed into the reactor of a nuclear powerplant and buried as toxic waste
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Male 97
thezigrat It does also need to be saved.  Even if it wasn't a "great game," it is still a part of history.  How can we learn from mistakes if we forget about them and the landfills that they fill?  i'd never want to see it make a comeback, but it is an important part of video game history.
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Male 4,948
kuman Too late all the known copies were already buried in an un- marked land fill. However there a few Game extremists who are trying to find them and re release it to the world ( I guess if the ransom is not paid)
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Male 97
thezigrat NBC news reported that the landfill was found, cleaned out, and sold on e-bay (article here).  Someone else's trash is someone's $108k treasure, i guess.
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Male 4,948
kuman OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Male 4,948
thezigrat BTw there are some real attempts being made to revive this most pitiful abomination of a game. I hope these people realize the sins against humanity they are doing.
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Male 114
Not everything made is worth saving. 

I have friends with similar aspirations for audio technology. It resulted in shipping containers of 8 tracks and reel to reels. There is a reason that society has retained vinyl and digitized the rest. Some things need to fade away.

Similarly, not all video games are historically valuable. We are still too close to the creation of video games to undergo the winnowing process. I really enjoyed Oxyd as a kid, but I am willing to admit that it isn't culturally important.
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Male 4,948
toetagmodel2 Ok name one game that is worth saving?
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Male 114
thezigrat Part of what i was trying to say is that we are still too close in time to the creation of these games. It will take time for the cream to rise to the top (Original Mario, Pong, Pacman all seem to be significant)
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Male 4,948
toetagmodel2 And your feelings on ET?
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Male 114
thezigrat The story around it is great. Just as long as I don't have to actually play it!
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Male 4,948
toetagmodel2 t is best unplayed

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Male 7,633
toetagmodel2 I agree. Some samples of each technology should be saved, as an example of what was.


But there is no redeeming value of saving Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on a 8-track mono.
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Male 4,948
megrendel I have mixed feelings about your post I want to down vote it for nixxing Pink but then you did say it is in mono so I won't give it a -1
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Male 7,633
thezigrat I'm not nixing Pink. One of my favorites. 

But pretty much the entire track of On the Run is lost in mono. 

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Male 4,948
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Male 1,869
yes
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