Shapur wrote:I doubt these games will ever be lost forever. Some enterprising young person will eventually dump the games online and eventually hack the systems to play them. And someday they may even get a working emulator for them on a a PC, in the distant future. The games will be preserved. Their online focused model of play will make a lot of them not very unappealing.
But you can still play Phantasy Star Online all these years later. The fans do what these companies won’t.
I like your optimism Shapur. I do agree with you in part; certain digital games will be preserved. Certain online games will be preserved (PSO, as one example that you mention). Some digital games might get released on future systems to keep them playable, either in remastered form or in a compilation of games. Or you might be able to transfer some over from system to system.
But I'm not as optimistic about all of them being preserved. Not every game has the same fanbase as PSO to keep it alive. And even PSO isn't guaranteed to stay available forever. As for the "enterprising young person" example, I admit that I don't understand the emulation side of things well, but what you're saying sounds very difficult to do. To me, it sounds like the person would need access to playable versions of every digital game available on the system (we're talking hundreds or thousands of games).. and then would need to break whatever encryption Sony/Microsoft uses to keep the games from getting distributed.. and then somehow make a new platform where they're playable.. etc etc etc. And do that same scenario for every system released for the rest of time. I don't see that happening.
We've already lost some games forever, and I think that only becomes bigger now that everything is moving away from physical media.