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"How Do We Preserve Games?" | Extra Credits: My Name Is Ozymandias

We have artwork that has been preserved for generations, texts that are thousands of years old, movies that have been around since the 30's, but what about games? With the problems of hardware, code, copyright, and others, can we guarantee that gamers and game makers 30 years from now will be able to play Earthbound, Mule, or the original XCOM? Extra Credits weighs in.

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wishingW3L1321d ago (Edited 1321d ago )

Emulation is the only way. Just look at Suikoden 2. You either pay $500 for it or you play it on an emulator because there is no other way... The game's missing some trademark signs and just because of that Konami doesn't want to put it on PSN.

Tyre1321d ago

Cloud will definitely diminish the possibility of games to survive beyond the life of the Company that provides them. Less ownership means less unpredictable ways of games surviving & being played without being authorized and paid for to survive by companies.

nofallouthero1320d ago

that is really sad, i wonder in 50 years will Mario be remembered by anyone

knifefight1320d ago

Yeah. For us, NOW, it's hard to imagine people not knowing who Mario is, but decades from now? There exists a possibility. And given the impact he and other such games have had on society and culture, that would be a shame.

isarai1320d ago

Game rips/data(roms), and everything a studio makes is archived as data, and every few years that data storage is updated to a new format(floppy disc > CD-ROM > DVD-ROM > External HDD > etc)so that is how games are preserved, though it is nearly impossible for the general consumer to preserve the games themselves with current technology. Discs just wear out after so long, and it isn't from scratches. Barely any of my old PS2/PS1 discs still work and all of them are flawless. They just kinda stop working after so long.