Preserving the cultural history of games as museum piece

Video games have been entertaining people for decades but in a move some may see as surprising, now museums and libraries are preserving and celebrating them as cultural artefacts.

While games are still dismissed by many as frivolous, vacuous and lacking any artistic merit, their importance in the lives of hundreds of millions of players cannot be denied.

Despite the efforts being made to conserve the medium's heritage, some games have already been lost forever. Media such as cartridges, disks, cassettes and read-only memory (ROM) chips are fragile and have a limited lifespan.

Worse, many games developers and publishers have not carefully archived their creations.

The race is on to preserve the cultural history of games. Jason Hill reports for The Age (Australia).

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