There are already almost 3.000 unseen videogames saved in the Unseen64 archive, but so many others wait to be added. We are only 4 people on the main U64 Staff: we face some difficulties to keep up with all the work and costs to run such an online museum of games that we’ll never be allowed to play.
The new server hosting Unseen64 costs about 300$ per year. U64 is an independent site. No money is generated from our work so we must pay each and every server bill ourselves, with the help of a few awesome supporters. Years ago we had Google Adsense banners that helped a little to raise money to pay the server, but then Google banned us because we use to write about prototypes and rom-hacks, even if we don’t host those files on our server.
Big gaming networks like IGN or Kotaku have the power and the money to have a team to work full-time on their website, to publish daily updates. We don’t have their resources, but we have something better: we have you, a community of gamers that know why it’s important to archive beta and cancelled games, and together we could make Unseen64 a better online museum for all those games that could be forgotten forever.
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Together on Patreon we can rise enough donations to pay the U64 server, and maybe we could even rise enough donations to pay our best contributors to quit some of their day-jobs and write more good articles, to publish a paper U64 book, deeper researches on lost videogames, create video insights, interviews with forgotten developers and much more.