Internet Archive: The Legend of GayBlade

Internet Archive: The Legend of GayBlade. “The recently released video game documentary High Score includes a sequence in the third episode about a game called GayBlade. GayBlade is one of the first commercially-sold LGTBQ-themed video games, a role-playing romp for Windows and Macintosh occasionally referred to as ‘Dungeons and Drag Queens’. Once thought to have been lost, the game’s software was recently discovered and preserved—and is now available in the Internet Archive!”

Kotaku: Hundreds Of Unreleased Prototype Games Are Playable For Free

Kotaku: Hundreds Of Unreleased Prototype Games Are Playable For Free. “Hundreds of prototypes of some of the most iconic games — Double Dragon, Street Fighter 2, Mega Man 3, AKIRA, Prince of Persia, Dr. Mario, NBA JAM, Killer Instinct and much more — have been uploaded to the Internet Archive and are now accessible to all.”

MakeUseOf: The 11 Best Pixel Art Tools to Create Pixel Perfect Artwork

MakeUseOf: The 11 Best Pixel Art Tools to Create Pixel Perfect Artwork. “Thanks to remakes and remasters of retro video games, pixel art has made a return to the spotlight. Although new video game graphics have reached a hyper-realistic level, it still can’t beat the charm of pixel art. Which is why game developers and artists alike turn to pixel art tools to create throwback video games and artwork. Do you want to try your hand at creating pixel perfect artwork? Then these pixel art tools will help you get started.”

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.”