A staggering 87% of retro games are disappearing over time

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Despite being a billion dollar industry, Video games are like a dying mediumas Huge number of titles are frequently deleted off in one way or another. But the number of matches lost over time is so staggering that nearly 9 of his 10 matches in the United States are in serious danger, according to new research.

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Partnering with the Video Game History Foundation (VGHF) software storage networkan organization whose purpose is to advance software preservation through collective action, releases the following report. The demise of classic video games. “Classic” in this case is defined as all games released before 2010, which VGHF notes is “the year digital game distribution began to take off.”

The State of Physical Video Games

In this study, the two groups found that 87% of these classic games were never released and are not widely available and are therefore considered endangered. An example of a paper is his 2006 paper. Yakuza It was remade in the form of 2016. Yakuza Kiwami, rated excellent. However, as VGHF specified, Yakuza Kiwami “This is a complete remake from scratch and should be considered a separate title, especially since the original game is no longer published.” This is what VGHF claims.

“to access almost nine tenths When it comes to playing classic games, you have very few options. Whether you seek out and maintain vintage collectible games and hardware, or travel across the country and visit libraries, or … it’s piracy,” he wrote VGHF co-director Kelsey Lewin. “None of these options are desirable, which means most video games are inaccessible to all but the most diehard and die-hard fans. That’s pretty bad!”

Mr. Grimm is correct. Especially considering the survey found that only 13% of game histories are currently archived in libraries. And that’s part of the dilemma here.according to March 2023 Ars Technica reportThe Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) primarily prohibits making and distributing copies of DRM-protected digital works.The U.S. Copyright Office issued an exemption to those rules Video games are clearly left out to allow libraries and researchers to archive digital material, making it nearly impossible for anyone to study the history of games effectively.

“Imagine if there was only one way to see it Titanic It was all about finding used VHS tapes and maintaining my vintage gear so I could still watch it,” Lewin wrote. “And what if no library, even the Library of Congress, could do more? What if we could store and digitize that VHS? Titanic, but you have to go all the way there to see it. It may sound crazy, but this is the reality we live with, an $180 billion industry, while games and their history are fading away. “

ESA opposes preservation exemption

on the phone with my cityLewin said it’s not particularly surprising that most classic games are no longer available, but the numbers are still impressive. She further explained the methodology of her research.

“We did a lot of random sampling from video games from this period. [before 2010] It spans every console, every PC, and even a 1960s mainframe,” said Lewin. “It’s a really, really random sample, so people kind of realize that it’s not all about being sure.” Mario Nintendo intends to continue selling it, so it’s available Mario.but about everything Mario It’s available, but there are nine other games. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it, and may not even be historically significant at all (or should I say we still know), but potentially very interesting possibilities for researchers. there is. “

It didn’t surprise me, but I was still unnerved by the “flimsy” way the game vanished, pointing out: Antstream Arcadecontains a ton of games from Commodore 64 to Game Boy, which could be lost over time if it closed. Nintendo eShop is a more mainstream example.

Retro repository Anstream Arcade promotes their games on Steam.

image: Antstream Arcade

“When the eShop stopped offering the Gameboy library, [the number of available Game Boy games] It went up from about 11% to 4.5%. “ Lewin said.The company erased half the availability of its Game Boy game library Just turn off your Nintendo e-shop. And it’s not a disadvantage to Nintendo in the slightest. There shouldn’t be a single point of failure in so many games. It’s crazy that so many games will never be released outright by doing something like closing the shop. “

Libraries are allowed to do many things “by being libraries,” Lewin said. [and] As a “preservation authority,” the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has consistently campaigned against game preservation initiatives such as copyright licensing and digital video game rental licensing.

“ESA is basically against all of these newly proposed exemptions,” Lewin said. “They just said, ‘No, it’s hurting our bottom line,’ or ‘It’s hurting the industry’s bottom line.’ It’s true, it’s a booming reissue market, but only 13 percent of video games are covered, It’s not likely to improve any time soon.”

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The findings will be used in a 2024 copyright hearing seeking an exemption for the game. Lewin said he hopes to see progress, suggesting that if the hearings go well, the game could be available on e-library apps like Libby.you can read Full 50-page study On the open repository Zenodo.

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