Kevin Bunch

is creating Videos about early video game history

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About

Who am I?
My name is Kevin Bunch, I'm a journalist and writer by trade with a decades-long interest in the early years of video game history.

That's all well and good, but what are you doing on Patreon talking about video games?
It struck me over the years how readily stories about the first days of the video game industry were forgotten, overlooked, warped, or simply unknown. Part of this can simply be chalked up to limited coverage in magazines, newspapers, and periodicals; what coverage there was is often inaccessible without a research library or collecting physical copies. At the same time, many of the people who were there at the time - either making games, working for these companies, or even reporting on the industry - are getting older. We are losing opportunities to learn firsthand about the nature of the games industry in the 1970s and 80s. That's where Atari Archive comes in.

What do you do in these videos?
This video series is primarily a chronological peak into each game on the Atari 2600 platform, from Combat to Ikari Warriors. Sure, for years now one could readily download a ROM file from the internet, play it for a few minutes, decide whether or not they like the game, and then move on. But I think that context is key to these games. Each video digs into the development of each game (including talking with the developers where possible), its contemporary coverage, what trends, events, and rival games surrounded its release, and what kind of impact it might have had, if any. Whenever possible I'm trying to get video output directly from the actual hardware, upscaled to 720p at 60 frames per second to give you an idea of what these games looked like when they released without replacing your computer screen with an old CRT television. My goal is a minimum of one video a month, though I'd love to ramp that up to multiple videos per month with your backing. You can find the YouTube channel here, and I am interested in backing them up on Archive.org in the near future.

The 2600 is good and all, but what about other platforms?
Beyond the 2600, I'd like to create some "Archive Annex" videos digging into the tales and history of other platforms, such as the Mattel Intellivison, the RCA Studio II, and the Bally Professional Arcade. Ambitious? Definitely - it's time consuming to research these games, especially when it requires a trip to a research library to dive into old newspaper archives, magazines, or even surviving internal memos and paperwork. Funding for research trips would be incredibly helpful.

And hey, I don't want to stop there. I'd like to put my Patreon funds back into this project: try and get some final pieces of hardware I don't have to expand my coverage, open up a website specific to the Atari Archive, or pursue publishing my research in a full book down the line.

If you like what I'm doing, and also think it's important to make sure this bit of history isn't lost to time, then consider backing the Archive.
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At $150, I will open up the archive to do a chronological exploration of the Mattel Intellivision library! Mattel's machine was the 2600's closest rival (which wasn't all that close) from its test launch in 1979 until its demise in 1989. I'll still be doing the 2600 videos; this would be in addition.
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