Why Preserve Games?
Games represent a part of human history. The games that people play in a certain culture during a certain period of time give us some ideas about the lives of those people. By preserving games we are preserving history; by looking into history we are understanding the present and seeing the future.
"Knowledge is best preserved when shared"
One of our missions is to preserve the human heritage of games. There have been efforts all over the world to preserve games, such as museums keeping artifacts of ancient games, or historians documenting their history and how they are played. These are all good and worthwhile efforts, but they are not enough. Games should not stay in museums or history books, instead they should be out there and be played by people. We believe the best way to preserve games is to let people actually play them. We do this by digitizing the games so that people can experience and play them in the form of video games.
Games are best preserved when played. When the knowledge about a game is shared among people and passed through generations, the game lives and becomes immortal. Even when disasters strike and all physical references to a game are destroyed, the game still lives because people still know about it and play it. By playing the games and learning their rules, you become part of the effort to preserve the games. Games are preserved in the brains of people, not in museums, not in books, not in this website.
Play games, preserve them, and have fun.
By the way if you know about a game that should be preserved, contact us and tell us about it. We will digitize the game and spread it so that other people can play it too.