History is a word we use a lot, and often times recall every day, even if we don’t understand why in some instances. History is the way to show where we came from, and influence how we are going. But also, history points out the evolution of things. From people, to technology, to media, and so on. For video games, while they technically are only 45+ years old, there’s still a lot of history in them. And so, the Video Game History Foundation has launched to preserve the history of video games.
Now you may be thinking, “Why would we preserve the history of video games?” Well, for the same reason we honor great movies or TV shows. For one reason, because they made an impact on our lives. Furthermore, video games have not only been a source entertainment, they’ve helped advance other technologies to the point where they’re used in vital things in everyday life. So to respect where the present is currently, this foundation seeks to remember the buildings blocks that started it all.
This foundation is a non-profit, and their goal is simply to catalog, digitize, and preserve games from the vastness of video game history. This includes special collections that truly take a snapshot of the industry.
For starters, the Video Game History Foundation is focusing on the NES Launch Collection. This in and of itself is a key part of video game history. After all, it was the NES that brought back video gaming to America in 1985 after the “Video Game Crash of 1983.” For those who don’t recall, video games hit a record high in the early 80’s, but then suffered a crashing low when the quality of the games didn’t match the prices. Thus, they stopped selling.
Enter Nintendo, who brought simplicity and quality to their titles in such a way that they single-handedly brought back gaming to the US. You can check out more about the foundation via their website.