This week we had a very special podcast on the subject of video game preservation and arguments from the EFF and ESA. My guest this week is Kendra Albert who is currently a law student at Harvard who helped file the exemption request with the EFF that I talked about previously.
Last week the Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF reached out about the opposition they’re facing from the Entertainment Software Association or ESA on the subject of video game preservation. The issue has to do with the use of hacking games to preserve them and their relation to piracy today and brings up a tricky subject of what it takes to preserve games compared to other mediums.
On my recent podcast with Nicholas from Samurai Punk, we got on the subject of Steam and more specifically about the challenges of competing against it. For years now industry experts have talked about the market control of Steam over the PC industry and many people don’t like how Steam has become a monopoly and would like a competitor to appear. But thinking about it more, it’s not just creating a digital platform and the problems with finding a true competitor is an almost impossible task.
GOG.com has grown over the years and has helped both old and new gamers appreciate classic games without the worry of DRM. Last time I spoke with them, we talked about the challenge of acquiring classic games to the service. For this followup, I wanted to focus on the running of a digital store that offers new and classic titles.