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February 2015 Retro Gaming Article


February 22, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If you love playing retro games, take some time to learn how to preserve them

My house isn't a museum and neither is yours. That guy you know who owns the entire NES game library... his basement isn't a museum either. There's a reason that paintings by Monet, Egyptian mummies and dinosaur bones are in museums. They preserve them in ways the average person can not. But that isn't to say you can't have a huge impact on the preservation of video games and hardware.

You may feel that your box of game carts doesn't need to be in an environmentally controlled glass case. And you're probably right, but don't lose sight of all the times you need to clean the oxidation from the PCBs contacts...
Preserve retro games fortune cookie You don't need a museum quality display to help in the preservation of retro games. You need to look for ways you can help keep retro games and consoles from being wasted. Both consoles and games are out of production and in limited quantities. It is very important not to waste any of these resources from our past!

Never let a system or game be tossed into a dumpster - EVER! You may not be able to fix it, but someone probably can. Even if the system is trashed, there are likely plenty of parts that are usable to resurrect another console. None of these systems will ever be created again. Each one is precious regardless of it's condition.

Most people don't know much about electronics - especially electronics repair. If the power light doesn't come on, many of us are content to put the device inn the trash and buy a new one.

Never dispose of game consoles Where do you go to buy a new Nintendo NES or Atari 7800? Never throw away a piece of gaming hardware. If you don't want it, someone out there will care for it and repair it as needed.

I hope retro gamers will take an interest in electronics and how their favorite game consoles work. Often a non-functional console can be repaired, if you know what to look for and how to do it. Challenge yourself to get our old Atari 5200 working or order a new 72 Pin Connector for you NES to get it back in action.

If you help a person to see the value in an old PSone and get together with them to repair it, you've done a tremendous deed for the betterment of retro gaming preservation.

No action is too small or irrelevant! Help keep all gaming hardware out of dumpsters!!


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