Sony Officially Announces Closure of Old Stores

Sony Computer Entertainment has officially announced the closure of the online PlayStation Store fronts for PlayStation 3, Portable (PSP), and Vita devices.  In this release, Sony gave a break down in the form of an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) of what services would and would not be available and what users could expect going forward […]

PlayStation preservation ups and downs

Mixed news in the realm of game preservation this week.  Starting on a less positive note, website TheGamer reports that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable (PSP) stores will go offline July 2, and the PlayStation Vita store will go offline August 27: https://www.thegamer.com/ps3-vita-psp-stores-permanently-closed/ This means that legally purchased digital titles and DLC will no […]

Sega Master System blue channel mysteries further uncovered

Back in November and December of 2020 there was some discussion around measured non-linear ramps in Sega Master System’s blue channel.  A tweet exchange between Chris Covell and Bernard Bygott lead to some interesting measurements and documentation written by Bernard with the assistance of Tianfeng and others, which we covered in January: Sega Master System […]

CPS2 reverse engineering progress – DL-0921

In addition to impressing us with his highly objective and accurate controller and game engine input lag measurements, Loïc Petit has been working hard on a years-long project to fully reverse engineer the Capcom Play System 2, or “CPS2” arcade system.  This arcade hardware is responsible for some all time classic titles in series such […]

Sega SC-3000 preservation – making rare games available in a web browser

Anyone who has browsed The Internet Archive over the years would have likely stumbled across their pages where they offer old video games running from within your browser.  Over the years they’ve added countless games from classic systems in a way that is incredible accessible for anyone, regardless of technical skill. Take a browse through: […]

Exclusive: 2 New Nintendo FDS Unlicensed Dumps

As a proud digital archaeologist, I have the honor of passing along two new Nintendo Famicom Disk System (FDS) unlicensed dumps, both of which were sold on discs in Japan. I will pass them along to proper preservation initiatives as well. This adds two new titles to the relatively short list of FDS unlicensed dumps […]

Checksums and Gaming – Pt. 1: What’s a Checksum?

I’m going to say something so blindingly obvious, so nearly tautological, that I might as well be telling you that water is wet: data integrity is important for retro gaming. As our current storage mediums age and decay, and we begin the arduous process of migrating our data to newer mediums with improved reliability and […]

A Plea For Preservation Research

“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” is a ridiculously cheesy, yet painfully accurate lyric from 80’s hair band Cinderella.  The statement is universally applicable and with some digital-only modern game stores closing (RIP Wii Shop) and storage media of older games reaching the end of their expected lifespan, it’s a statement that […]

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