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When you want to read an old book, like the Odyssey – a story that has survived for something that is, to me, an amazing length of time what do you do? Obvious – you go to the book store and you buy it. How about a classic film, like the Wizard of Oz, made in 1939, or Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai from ’54? Well, there’s probably a blu-ray release for both of those, I own one, but cannot attest for the other (guess which one!). How about a classic recording of Elvis or Sinatra or some other artist that is no longer alive? Again, pop down to the CD store (if they exist in your area anymore) or go online and find it. What do you want to do if you want to play Okami? A game that came out 6 years ago…well, I hope you still have a Playstation 2, and that you can find a copy because otherwise you’re out of luck. Well, there’s the Wii edition but that’s defeating the point I’m trying to make, so I'll ignore it for the time being. That point I'm alluding to is that there’s simultaneously a huge movement to argue games as art and relatively little effort to preserve its history.
It’s a problem that has plagued almost every new medium – many of the earliest novels were lost, films were poorly preserved and many lost, I don't know a lot about music history but I imagine mankind's earliest sheet music is probably gone too.. And now games, something that one would think has been around for long enough to know better is have an archiving problem. There’s no real way to re-experience a great game or share that experience unless you have the original console or if you’re fortunate enough to see a re-release that doesn’t cock up the original game (and you own the console that re-release is out for). I’m not a huge Nintendo fanboy but I’d be a liar if I said some of its classic titles don’t make me happy but I’ll willingly dip my face in some liquid nitrogen before I buy a Wii just to access the virtual console. That would be like buying a PS3 for the PSOne classics (all 5 of them).
Obviously games present their own challenges when it comes to archiving and preserving them, and it hasn't really been addressed. Also, they need to be - and I think this is the most important point - in a state that can be played by the masses
but what are your guys' thoughts on the topic?
I always thought if the industry could unite behind emulation as a valid means of preserving games then it would be a positive thing. It's like classic novels being available for free for e-readers. It seems that there's still a big stigma against emulation as being associated with the current industry boogeyman "piracy" but it could really be a force of good if the industry united behind it.