Video Game History Foundation Will Preserve Gaming Culture
From trackball arcade games to the latest console release, video games have become a prominent part of the nation’s pop culture and technological history. No one understands that better than Frank Cifaldi, a video game journalist for Gamasutra and creator of Lost Levels, a website all about unreleased video games. Cifaldi understands the widespread presence of video games – they drive revenue, act as educational tools, feature in films and books and they’re becoming historical symbols that are collected by the renowned museums. In an effort to catalog, digitize and preserve these video games, Cifaldi founded a 501(c)3 non-profit: the Video Game History Foundation. A New Non-Profit Dedicated to Gaming The Video Game History Foundation’s purpose is to locate and catalog not only the playable coding of games that have contributed to culture, but also to dig deep into the details on how each game was created, how they were marketed, how they were received at the time and more, all in an effort to convey the full picture of the game’s history and lasting influence. Besides Cifaldi, the Video Game History Foundation has more impressive industry figures who are also working on the mission. Steve Lin is a former Google employee with an impressive personal collection of video game material. Simon Carless is the Executive Director of the Game Developer’s Conference. Mike Mika is head of development at Other Ocean Interactive and was the lead developer of “#IDARB.” Chris Melissinos has curated video game exhibits for the Smithsonian. The First Exhibit The Video Game History Foundation’s first exhibit is the Nintendo USA NES Launch Collection, focusing on the 1985 NES release in the U.S. It’s digitally-cataloged on the website, including documents from the console development process to photos from Nintendo’s original advertisements ran in magazines at the time. In the future, the organization hopes to build its own library or partner with museums to showcase the material the team is collecting and cataloging. Right now, the Video Game History Foundation is primarily focused on digitizing all of the information they have curated. You Can Help If you’d like to support the organization’s effort, you can donate on their website or by contributing to their Patreon campaign.