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Game Preservation

Current Issues, Methods and Necessities
  • Emir BekticEmail author
Part of the Perspektiven der Game Studies book series (PEGAST)


As the medium and industry of games keeps growing ever-larger, one would be justified to look to the future of games with a great deal of enthusiasm. However, this brings forth the danger of forgetting about the valuable past of the gaming industry and, in turn, losing a large number of relevant artefacts. The research conducted here thus focuses on the preservation of games. The goal is to analyse various methods of storing and maintaining games and the systems they are played on, as well as to contextualize the dangers involved in continuing to take a passive stance towards the issue. Specifically, this work will analyse four contemporary methods of preservation and establish five groups of current attitudes towards the topic as seen from within the game industry. The main aim of this research is to raise awareness towards the urgency with which the topic of game preservation needs to be discussed.


Preservation Archiving Games Emulation Retrogaming Obsolescence Digitalization Nintendo AAA companies Industry regulation Indie 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KlagenfurtAustria

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