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Video games to be digitally preserved in Library of Congress

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has entered into a three-year collaborative partnership with the Library of Congress' "Preserving Creative America," a program designed to collect, manage and preserve digital content, including motion pictures, for future generations.

The Council's work involves more than 100 of the industry's leading technologists who represent major movie studios, technology and service providers, not-for-profit archives and independent filmmakers.
"Preserving Creative America" is the most recent initiative of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress, authorized by the U.S. Congress in December 2000. The authorizing legislation specifically asked the Library to enlist the private sector to help address the long-term preservation of digital content. The "Preserving Creative America" projects will target preservation issues across a broad range of creative works, including digital photographs, cartoons, motion pictures, sound recordings, and even video games, and will be conducted by a combination of content industry trade associations, private sector companies and non-profits, and cultural heritage institutions.

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MACHone3551d ago

They do it with just about every other form of media; it's about time videogames got the same treatment.

DrPirate3551d ago

I don't want a bunch of shoddy EA titles to be preserved for the next 500 years.

Games like Shadow of the Colossus, Halo, Okami, God of War, Final Fantasy, A collection of classic Nintendo titles, etc should be preserved.

Classic and/or artful games that display a great creative prowess.

Syko3551d ago

But I see the most important part of this to be the preservation of the Arcade games of old. They have since died but without programs like this and of course the MAME project. Some games could vanish without a trace. Still thought this was cool, imagine in 100-200 years looking back at the Donkey Kong arcade game. Kids then will think it is a lot like playing with a ball-in-a-cup.

DrPirate3551d ago

Definitely agreed, arcade games of old should be preserved for all future generations to enjoy.

A budding developer of 100 years from now can get in touch with the roots of his work through this. It's an ambitious project if the classics of our generation and the generations of last are saved forever.

sovietsoldier3551d ago

that would mean they would have to carry the systems to play them like books. nice place to rent out games.