Disappearing movies and games: How safe is your digital collection? (The Age)

The Age: Disappearing movies and games: How safe is your digital collection?. “It’s not just video content, either. We’ve also gone digital in a big way for music (only 25 per cent of revenue in 2017 was from physical formats like vinyl and CD) and interactive electronic games (just one dollar in every five comes from actual disc sales). Only books are bucking the trend, with e-books accounting for less than a fifth of the market. You don’t have to be a devotee of Marie Kondo – author of the 2014 bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – to see why. Digital libraries are just so much neater, tidier, more space-efficient. But are they as safe?”

Ars Technica: Researchers can now legally restore “abandoned” online game servers

Ars Technica: Researchers can now legally restore “abandoned” online game servers. “Among a wide range of new DMCA exemptions recently approved by the Librarian of Congress (LoC) is a limited legal right for video game preservationists to restore online games that have been ‘abandoned’ by their creators to a playable form. But the new rules come with a number of caveats that could require some significant hoop-jumping from affected research institutions.”

IGN: Google’s Project Stream Will Let You Play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey In Chrome

IGN: Google’s Project Stream Will Let You Play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey In Chrome. “Google and Ubisoft have announced that Google’s Project Stream will be testing its gaming streaming capabilities via its Chrome browser using the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey starting on October 5.”

MakeUseOf: Browse the Best Gaming Easter Eggs and Deleted Content on This Site

New-to-me, from MakeUseOf: Browse the Best Gaming Easter Eggs and Deleted Content on This Site. “With all the work that goes into developing video games, do you ever wonder what gets left behind? It’s a common occurrence for developers to leave all sorts of graphics, music, secret messages, and other tidbits in their games. As it turns out, there’s a website that’s completely dedicated to finding unused content in games. It’s called The Cutting Room Floor (TCRF), and it’s definitely worth a look if you’re into games.”

Internet Archive: Over 1,100 New Arcade Machines Added to the Internet Arcade

Internet Archive: Over 1,100 New Arcade Machines Added to the Internet Arcade. “The Internet Arcade, our collection of working arcade machines that run in the browser, has gotten a new upgrade in its 4th year. Advancements by both the MAME emulator team and the Emscripten conversion process allowed our team to go through many more potential arcade machines and add them to the site.”

Quartz: Fortnite helped cause 5% of UK divorces this year

Quartz: Fortnite helped cause 5% of UK divorces this year. “The cause of marital discontent may be shifting in 2018, as the viral online video game Fortnite sweeps the globe. According to a new report from Divorce Online, a UK site offering information and services to people who are uncoupling, 200 divorce petitions filed in the UK since the start of this year cited Fortnite as a reason for the separation.”

NIST: Database of Software “Fingerprints” Expands to Include Computer Games

NIST: Database of Software “Fingerprints” Expands to Include Computer Games. “One of the largest software libraries in the world just grew larger. The National Software Reference Library (NSRL), which archives copies of the world’s most widely installed software titles, has expanded to include computer game software from three popular PC gaming distribution platforms—Steam, Origin and Blizzard.”