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Video Game Preservation Society

Many of these games are disappearing
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I have found a video arcade preservation society but many video game titles have been written by individuals or companies that never made it onto an upright console.

When the hardware is no longer available emulators will suffice.

sartep, Jun 18 2003

EZ Board (watch the pop-ups) http://pub31.ezboar...e?topicID=455.topic
"Yeah, It would be cool to have a "Video Game Preservation Society" plus it sounds badass." [phoenix, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

C64 emulation site http://www.c64.com/
The best ever computer. Bar none. [Jinbish, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

CCS64 http://www.computerbrains.com/ccs64/
Great emulator. As used by me. [Jinbish, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

WinUAE and FELLOW http://www.majestic.ndirect.co.uk/
Two excellent Amiga emulators.
Technically, getting ROMs is difficult (with certain IPR) but very possible. [Jinbish, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Preserving old games http://www.wired.co...,1284,59948,00.html
a wired article related to this [xclamp, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Classic Amiga Preservation Society http://www.caps-project.org
From [fiath]. [jutta, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Home of the Underdogs http://www.the-underdogs.org/
Something not entirely unlike this [tiromancer, Jan 03 2005]


       Those old boxes, of course, are immense collectors' items. My own subspecialties in commercial game equipment acquisition have been pinball (Alien Poker '80, Pin-Bot '86 and FunHouse '90) and slot machines (Wild Cherry '93; hope to pick up a Red, White & Blue eventually). I would be interested in someday owning one of the old vector-graphics machines, like Asteroids or Tank Command. Being 41 years old, my real teenage obsession was with the more mechanical games. I walked in one day in 1974 to the Bowl-a-Rama in northwest Detroit and saw this machine set up...I do believe it was really called "Pong". Of course, I'm also against electronic scoring systems for bowling. I once developed a system for hand scoring in bowling, where you start with 300 and deduct for things other than strikes, to arrive at the same final number. I've enjoyed the "driving" game titles a lot, such as "Pole Position" and "OutRunner". Sometimes I'd encounter arcades that must have had mostly kids well under 16 playing, and the ordinary routine of competing on the Beltway put me in a virtual "ace" status. This makes me want to dust off my Nintendo Entertainment System from 1989, to wire it in to my VCR/Cable/DVD setup, for a few more tries at Super Mario Bros.
zedidiah, Jun 18 2003

       Nostalgia is a powerful thing. Since the "Video Arcade Preservation Society" exists, do you consider this a new idea?
phoenix, Jun 18 2003

       Yes it is different, read my idea.   

       The Video Arcade Preservation Society only preserves arcade games, that leaves out, independent programmers, TI, many Atari games that didn't come out in arcades, many nintendo titles, games for the Macintosh and apple platform only, many games on the Amiga, old pc games, Sierra...do I need to go on?
sartep, Jun 18 2003

       <drool> Pin-Bot. uhhhh </drool>
snarfyguy, Jun 18 2003

       I saw ads for a video game parlor aimed at old folks - probably so they could sell beer. I thought to myself "I would pay for beer if I could play a little Ikari Warriors. But no - the video games are all these newfangled fighting games. And they cost a dollar a play! Abomination.   

       Instead of a society, what about a nice big retro arcade?
bungston, Jun 18 2003

       'Cause Disney has that one covered. You go to Disney Quest and you can play all of the old arcade games for free.
sartep, Jun 18 2003

       True??? Even Crazy Climber?
bungston, Jun 18 2003

       Look up emulators. There are many enthusiaists that are trying to keep the 'old blood' and genuinely innovative and creative games alive. I have used, and can vouch for the emulators I have linked to.   

       I also bought an Amiga on Ebay the other day for 20 pounds. I already have loads of games for it ( I previously had one that died).
Jinbish, Jun 18 2003

       Mame.dk was a great site with an arcade emulator and prettty much all of the ROMs anyone could ever ask for. But certain companies have asked Mame not to supply the games ROM images - meaning that their site is only useful for reminiscing.
Jinbish, Jun 18 2003

       Yes, even Crazy Climber. Just keep looking, it is there.
sartep, Jun 18 2003

       re Pin*Bot, I found a bar that had it about nine years ago. Took me awhile to get used to it again, but I found the skills that I'd learned since playing it in my youth paid off bigtime. Having never previously broken 5M, within about a dozen plays I'd broken 27M. I'll admit I sorta lost interest when the score display didn't do anything special the second time I rolled it around.   

       BTW, do you know the multi-ball vortex-boost trick?   

       Also, have you ever seen a game called Cybernaut? Some cute concepts in that game [hardest skill shot I've ever seen, but awards special (1 per game max) if made] but I once went at it a bit too successfully; racked up 10 credits (in 1 game) and left from boredom, still on ball 1.
supercat, Jun 24 2003

       Total Annihilation is one of the best games ever. Its graphics were far better than any other RTS of its time. Its all the company's fault for bankrupting and making no sequal...
althyr, Jun 24 2003

       This is already being done. http://www.caps-project.org Amiga now, tomorow the world... (lots of other systems)
fiath, May 11 2004

       i don't know much about video games, but as a librarian, i think it would be awesome to have a national video game library/museum, where all games are archived. it can be turned into a fun place for kids (and grown-up kids) with maybe a giant, interactive pacman or a 3-d imax type zelda experience. and of course there would be historical information posted so the kids will be learning about the games that they (and their parents) grew up playing. i would totally go!
mjoy0, Jan 03 2005


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