For many of us, gaming is not just a hobby, but a lifestyle and a passion. While it is always great to see how the medium evolves moving forward, the past is also equally important. Today marks the official launch of The Video Game History Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of video games.
Founded by industry veterans Frank Cifaldi, Steve Lin, Simon Carless, Mike Mika, and Chris Melissinos, their mission is to create a public database of the history of video games and related culture. This includes an archive of game packaging, playable binary code, marketing and PR material, newsletters, internal documentation, and rare video footage corresponding to video games.
“The Video Game History Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to cataloging, digitizing, and preserving the history of video games.”
– Official Mission Statement
The core belief surrounding this organization is that video games matter, and therefore, their history needs to be preserved. Video games are here to stay, and have become a significant art form and a major industry. In 2016 alone, video games generated $91 billion in revenue.
Though it is only the beginning for The VGHF, many of its core elements are already in place such as a digital library, reference collection, facilitation, and education. This is a significant step in preserving the past, present, and future of video games. For more information on the primary goals of The VGHF, visit their website.