Are there any games like second life: How the Game Boy found a new life through emulation

Game emulation is a form of preservation. Copies of games that are out of print, for one reason or another, circulate on ROM sites. You can find things online that you can’t buy anywhere else. If you believe that art and culture are worth saving protecting for future generations to experience, then games preservation is incredibly important. The problem of digital preservation is looming: corporations don’t always save the original source code or assets to games, and, more broadly, there is the matter of formats. (What happens to the games, for example, that only lived on floppy discs?) There are organizations like The Videogame History Foundation , led by the archivist Frank Cifaldi, that attempt to catalog and save as much as possible from gaming’s earliest days. Cifaldi gave a talk at the 2016 Game Developers Conference about emulation, arguing that emulation was the best way to republish old games so that they’d avoid the fate of early films. “Over half the films made before 1950 are gone ,” he said.

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