How are Donations used for Unseen64?

Currently the main use of Unseen64 donations is to pay the site server, to keep the archive online and to have multiple backups of all data (online and offline), to not lose any info. Before to use donations for everything else, we ask to our Patrons for their feedback, to know if they have advice or objections about the use of those donations for detailed expenses. We think that this is not our money, the use of donations in the Preservation Fund should be discussed with all the contributors that donate some of their love to continue preserving lost videogames in this online museum. We will keep this page updated each month, so you can track down how many donations will be raised and how they will be used.

unseen64 donations details

Big gaming networks such as IGN or Kotaku have the resources to own powerful servers and to pay a team to work full-time on their websites, keeping their sites online and publishing daily updates. We don’t have their resources, but we think we have something better: we have you, a community of gamers that know why it’s important to remember beta and cancelled games.

Expenses paid:

Updated as of 9 January 2017

Expenses in 2016:

  • 600 $ = Unseen64 server cost 2016 + 24/7 technical support (from August 2016 to August 2017). As the site receive many more visitors than the last year, our server provider had to double the cost for hosting, bandwidth, technical support and server maintenance. We will think about changing server in 2017 if cost will rise even more.
  • 854 $: Unseen64 book project, physical expenses – the whole cost to print proof copies and to ship worldwide dozens of copies of our book to all the authors who wrote many good articles for the project, plus to ship a copy to 3 Gaming Museums (the Center for Computing History in UK, the Computer Spiele Museum in Germany and the National Videogame Museum in Texas, USA) so that our research on lost games will be preserved in their archives too. This expense is about $200 more than what we estimated 2 years ago when we started working on the book, but we are still happy to have been able to keep the cost of the book as cheap as possible, thanks to thousands and thousands hours of volunteers work by the 45+ authors and editors that contributed to the project.
  • 110 $: Unseen64 book project, design expenses – the cost to pay the designer that helped us with the book layout, adding hundreds of pages to the template, editing and formatting the volume following Createspace guidelines and limits.

Expenses in 2015:

  • 300 $ = Unseen64 server cost 2015 + 24/7 technical support (from August 2015 to August 2016)
  • 110 $ = External 2TB HD to backup beta / cancelled games videos, screenshots and documents (Samsung M3 Slimline 2TB)
  • 0 $ (nothing) = we discussed on Patreon about getting a new mic to record better audio for Video Articles (here are some examples) and Unseen64 Podcasts (as a bonus for Patrons), in the end Tamaki just bought it himself with his own money, so we did not use any donations for it.

Remaining donations in the Preservation Fund:

  • Preservation Fund @ November 2016:
    • Total: $2,872.29 (from Patreon + One-Off donations)
  • Patreon Donations in December 2016:
    • +$205.00 Processed 
    • -$11.86 CC / Paypal Fees
    • -$10.26 Patreon Fees
  • Paypal Donations in December 2016
    • Nothing
  • Expenses in December 2016:
    • Nothing
  • New Total for December 2016:  $3,055.17

Planned expenses:

  • About 600 $: Unseen64 server cost 2017 + 24/7 technical support (from August 2017 to August 2018). As the site receive many more visitors than the last year, our server provider had to double the cost for hosting, bandwidth, technical support and server maintenance. We will think about changing server in 2017 / 2018 if cost will rise even more.
  • 120$ per year = to upgrade our Dropbox space to 1TB (cost: € 8,25 per month, about 9/10$), then to upload all our Unseen64 archive of images, files, videos and documents in there, to have a single, dedicated online backup to preserve all those files and to manage an easy access to them for our patrons. This online archive will cover all the lost games already published on Unseen64, plus all the ones that we still did not add to the site yet. We’ll probably do this in January 2016.
  • About ??? $ = as we wrote to our Patrons we would like to test investing part of the Preservation Fund to incentive authors to write more articles each month, to archive more and more games in the site. We will test this in the future, when we’ll have some free time for extra updates on the site.
  • About 500 $ = as we wrote to our Patrons we would like to invest part of the donations to create even more Unseen64 video-articles every month. We know that today most people don’t read gaming reviews on websites anymore and just rely on video reviews from Youtube. For “historical” websites like Unseen64 is just the same, there are many more people that would watch a 10 minutes video about a cancelled game, rather than to fully read a 1.000 words article on the topic. Just like in the past gaming magazines have been replaced by gaming websites, now youtubers are taking the mass-market lead for videogames reviews, news and historical researches. While it would require more time to create a good video article (especially as the main Unseen64 is italian and we have to find other people for voice-overs), it would reach many more users than 3 or 4 written articles.  We will test this in early 2017, when we’ll have enough time to create about 2 video articles each month.

Available donations in the Preservation Fund:

All remaining donations will be set aside in a “Preservation Fund“, for emergency site expenses and to be sure to have enough to pay the site server in the future.

  • About $1,835.17 = as usual we will open a discussion on Patreon when there will be possible expenses, for now this amount remains in the Preservation Funds for future needs.

If you have questions or advice, let us know by email! Thanks to everyone that contribute to keep Unseen64 online and to preserve even more beta and cancelled projects in the archive, to remember all those lost games even if (in most cases) we’ll never be able to play them.

Do you want to support Unseen64 with your donations?

Remember: all expenses will be discussed with our patrons before to be used. If you want to donate some of your love, we accept one-off donations through PayPal / Credit Card and pledges on Patreon! You can just donate how much or little you want. Every cent is really appreciated and sent towards the U64 Archive, and if you can’t donate, just share this to your rich cousin or friend! Thank you for even reading this :)

Monthly Pledges on Patreon:

Patreon lets readers support their favorite websites by becoming patrons, giving a small donation every month through paypal / credit card. Unlike other crowdfunding services which raise lots of money for a single big event, Patreon is for creators who publish a stream of smaller works, like website updates, articles, researches, and need just little money every month to keep the site online (from 1$ a month, that’s like the cost of 1 cup of coffee!). By pledging you will steadily support the site and depending on your donations you can have access to bonuses and previews from our Patreon feed, way before they will be added to the main website. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century. You can delete your pledge whenever you want if you will change your mind, so don’t worry, we understand :)


One-off donations trough Paypal:

If you don’t care about Patreon bonuses and just want to do a one time donation, you can fill in the form below with the amount you prefer, to donate it trough Paypal.

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