Shawn S is creating an archival site of delisted video games
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Even in the age of digital nothing lasts forever. Delisting is what happens when licensing deals, studio closures and financial failures bring a downloadable game offline. DelistedGames.com hopes to chronicle as much of a game's afterlife as Wikipedia does its creation and reception.

But isn’t all that stuff already on Wikipedia, GameFAQs or MobyGames? Surprisingly, no. I started Delisted as a series of YouTube videos in late 2014 and have received hundreds of comments asking “why can’t I get this game anymore?”. The answers just aren’t easy to find so instead of a cursory search and a quick comment reply I decided to start DelistedGames.com. Digging up press releases, scouring social media and time travelling through archive.org, I’m doing all that I can to collect the stories behind these delistings in one, easy-to-use site. At the point that I started this Patreon I’ve already got the site looking and working pretty much how I’d like.

  • You can search from the top of any page by game, platform or company
  • Each page has a simple table with the most relevant information
  • Each platform, developer and publisher links to a page with a brief history
  • The Extinct Games page lists all the games that are completely unattainable
  • The Watch List collects games that might be on their way out
I’ve got a pretty good workflow in place to get new entries listed quickly so all that’s left to do now… is the real work. Research and validation takes the most time in this process as most companies don’t even acknowledge that their games have gone offline. Your support helps me carve out the hours for digging up dirt and it will also cover the cost of games on the verge of extinction (more on that in the Goals section). Your support also goes toward the recording and production of new delisted videos for the YouTube channel which are also featured on the site.
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
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All the gratitude I can muster condensed into the form of a dedicated patron page on the site (unless of course you'd prefer to remain anonymous). You also get access to Patreon-exclusive posts like the ones to the left only more elaborate and exclusive.
Pledge $5 or more per month
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Access to Patreon posts as well as a personal shoutout on Twitter or Facebook plus time to chat with me once a month about anything at all! Skype, Hangouts, phone call, however you like. We'll spend 30-45 minutes in each others virtual company.
Pledge $100 or more per month
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You get to pen a guest post about a delisted game once a month or just one-off, however you'd like! Write a review for the ages, lament the loss of a great game or just lay into a game that's dead and buried. Here's your chance to help me out while yelling wildly into the ether. We both win. You get all of the above perks as well.
Goals
$0 of $900 per month
No lie, it'd be a pay cut from my current "real" job but at this amount I would be more than happy to retire from the workforce and dedicate myself full time to delisted research, both for the site and YouTube.
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Even in the age of digital nothing lasts forever. Delisting is what happens when licensing deals, studio closures and financial failures bring a downloadable game offline. DelistedGames.com hopes to chronicle as much of a game's afterlife as Wikipedia does its creation and reception.

But isn’t all that stuff already on Wikipedia, GameFAQs or MobyGames? Surprisingly, no. I started Delisted as a series of YouTube videos in late 2014 and have received hundreds of comments asking “why can’t I get this game anymore?”. The answers just aren’t easy to find so instead of a cursory search and a quick comment reply I decided to start DelistedGames.com. Digging up press releases, scouring social media and time travelling through archive.org, I’m doing all that I can to collect the stories behind these delistings in one, easy-to-use site. At the point that I started this Patreon I’ve already got the site looking and working pretty much how I’d like.

  • You can search from the top of any page by game, platform or company
  • Each page has a simple table with the most relevant information
  • Each platform, developer and publisher links to a page with a brief history
  • The Extinct Games page lists all the games that are completely unattainable
  • The Watch List collects games that might be on their way out
I’ve got a pretty good workflow in place to get new entries listed quickly so all that’s left to do now… is the real work. Research and validation takes the most time in this process as most companies don’t even acknowledge that their games have gone offline. Your support helps me carve out the hours for digging up dirt and it will also cover the cost of games on the verge of extinction (more on that in the Goals section). Your support also goes toward the recording and production of new delisted videos for the YouTube channel which are also featured on the site.

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
All the gratitude I can muster condensed into the form of a dedicated patron page on the site (unless of course you'd prefer to remain anonymous). You also get access to Patreon-exclusive posts like the ones to the left only more elaborate and exclusive.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Access to Patreon posts as well as a personal shoutout on Twitter or Facebook plus time to chat with me once a month about anything at all! Skype, Hangouts, phone call, however you like. We'll spend 30-45 minutes in each others virtual company.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
You get to pen a guest post about a delisted game once a month or just one-off, however you'd like! Write a review for the ages, lament the loss of a great game or just lay into a game that's dead and buried. Here's your chance to help me out while yelling wildly into the ether. We both win. You get all of the above perks as well.