Today, The Video Game History Foundation launched its crowdfunding campaign with lofty goals of preserving gaming history for generations to come. Frank Cifaldi, founder and creator of the Foundation says, “I’m doing this with or without you–this is my job now, for the rest of my life.”
According to the official website, The Video Game History Foundation is a “non-profit organization dedicated to cataloging, digitizing, and preserving the history of video games.” To that end, the new Patreon campaign is inviting those who believe in its cause to donate and help save the story of video games from history’s landfills.
In the video above, Cifaldi explains why this cause is important to him, as well as to the entire gaming industry.
“We believe that video games are more than just playable code. It’s the ephemeral material that was produced around it. It’s the marketing. It’s the stories. And all of these things are in danger of disappearing unless we actually go out and find it and make sure it’s safe.
“We’re hoping that this is merely the humble start to what will become a larger organization. I want to grow the Foundation into something that lives well beyond my lifetime, and affects some real change in the way that the industry treats its past.
“Video games matter, and we want to make sure their roots are never forgotten.”
As a historian, Cifaldi feels that it’s his duty to ensure that future generations are aware of the video game industry’s early trials and triumphs, and “that storytellers have what they need to be able to tell the story of video games.”
As for the future of the Foundation, with enough support it may be able to help developers safely secure codes through partnerships with museums or possibly in a Video Game History Foundation library.