“The Internet Archive is working with multiple external parties, including the IGDA’s Preservation SIG and Stanford University’s How They Got Game Project to preserve all kinds of rare and difficult to source video files relating to videogames“. I think it’s fitting that they do this– video games, for better or worse, are most definitely part of the American culture (at very least) and certainly a part of a child’s psyche growing up, almost all over the world.
The video game culture really started in the early 80s and was somewhat omnipresent after that– though paradoxically less socially relevant in these days of beautiful rendered 3D graphics. The 90s might have been the height of Video Game culture, or perhaps right around 88 to 92. The Archive captures and stores many artifacts from that era, like playthroughs, interviews, and reviews. Remember– this material was written when all this stuff was brand spanking new, and if it seems somewhat disingenuous now, keep that in mind.
For an example of some of the (charming! I had one!) Commodore 64 playthrough material, check out this video of a Rocky Horror Picture Show Commodore 64 playthrough.
You can also play old videogames and early computer games in flash format, in the Internet Arcade, here. Now that’s a lot of fun. I just played JOUST again for the first time in 20 years.
Perhaps these aren’t the collected works of Chaucer or the poems of Christopher Marlowe, but they are (or were) a very vibrant and active part of American culture, and I’m glad someone has taken the time and huge effort to amass this collection of relics. Well done, Internet Archive!