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The Unseen64 server for 2015 is 100% funded. Thank you!

With January’s donations from our patrons and other awesome people, this month we have reached our $300 goal to pay the servers for 2015! We are super happy to be able to keep the site online for another year with the help of our readers and friends and would like to thank you all for the support!

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We also reached our second goal on Patreon, meaning Tamaki will create more Unseen64 Podcasts for all our patrons as a big “thank you!” for their help. There are some more goals in our Patreon page, as the creation of better documentary videos for beta & cancelled videogames, and even if we are still far away from the $250 goal to fully work on the Unseen64 Book, we are already starting to do some early organization for its content. You can give us your feedback about what you would like to see in the U64 Book in our forum.

Donations will now be put aside to pay the server for the next year too ($300) and when we’ll be financially secure enough to keep Unseen64 online in 2016, we can then hopefully start to work more on the Unseen64 Book.

2015 Server: 100% funded, thank you!

 

17%
Current: $51
2016 Server Goal: $300

 

If you have suggestions and feedbacks, let us know in the comments below! :)

With <3, the Unseen64 Staff 

Thank you! Yes, YOU!

In the last few months (from august 2014) we were able to get the Unseen64 database back online (some of you could remember that this site was down for months because of some technical issues) and to return to publish weekly updates to add all those unseen games that are still missing from the archive. We have many, MANY games and contributions that still need to be added to the U64 archive and with 1 or 2 new games added to the archive every week, we still have some years of work to do :)

Well, there’s no hurry. Unseen64 is fully back and we’ll be here as long as it’s needed, slowly remembering all those games that we’ll never play. With the new Unseen64 Forum hosted on Facebook (so it will not be lost again), our Twitter account for daily updates on the unseen gaming world, many ways to help U64, all the other gamers, youtubers and websites that also work to preserve beta, unreleased and unused gaming documents, it will probably be easier to save as much as it’s possible from these unseen videogames.

Unseen64 is still online thanks to all those awesome people that shared one-off donations and pledges on Patreon to help to pay the server cost. As we wrote before, we are at 65% of our goal to fully pay the U64 server for 2015 and continuing like this, together we’ll be able to keep the site online for all the following years.

We’d like to thank all these people (in random order) that help U64 with their donations:

Ash The Dragon, Shane G., Raphael P., Alex K., Anders I., Akspa, Martin, Elmo Bluegeek, Irvin, James S., Tony, Mark J., Samuel G., Justin J, Ethan M, Shawn O, Michele Z, Jordan A., Brendan A. and everyone else! (did we forget someone?)

 We <3 you

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We are now at 65% of our goal to pay the Unseen64 server for 2015!

Thanks to all our patrons and some one-off donations from friends we are now at 65% of our goal to pay the Unseen64 server for 2015! If we keep up like this we should able to fully pay the server before our August 2015 deadline. In the following months we’ll have some new, interesting stuff coming up on Unseen64, this year will be full of games that you’ll never play.

Thanks again for your help, we are really happy for your support :)

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Together on Patreon to support Unseen64!

Together on Patreon to support Unseen64!

There are already more than 3.000 unseen videogames saved in the Unseen64 archive, but so many others wait to be added. There are only a few active authors 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 we’ll never be allowed to play.

The server hosting Unseen64 and related technical support cost about 600$ 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.

Together we could make Unseen64 a better online museum for all those games that could be forgotten forever.

unseen64 on patreon

Patreon lets readers support their favorite websites by becoming patrons, giving a small donation every month through paypal / credit card. Unlike other fundraising services which raise lots of money for a single big event, Patreon is for creators who publish online a stream of smaller works, like website updates, articles, researches, and need just little money every month. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century.

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 books about lost games and consoles, deeper researches on lost videogames, create video insights, interviews with forgotten developers and much more.

Check our Patreon page to find out how you can help too!

Thanks to everyone that supported and continue to support U64 for all these years! Thanks a lot to 0r4 for his music that we used in this video and to Mark for his chiptune support! 

Would you support Unseen64 with Patreon for 1$ a month?

Would you support Unseen64 with Patreon for 1$ a month?

Lately Patreon (thanks to Farel for the suggestion!) is becoming more and more used by small, independent gaming websites to rise support and monthly donations to be able to pay the site server and to create better content. Some good examples are HG101 and Tiny Cartridge.

Patreon lets readers support their favorite websites by becoming patrons, giving a small donation every month, automatically through paypal / credit card. Unlike other fundraising services (for example Kickstarter), which raise lots of money for a single big event, Patreon is for creators who publish online a stream of smaller works, like website updates, articles, researches, and need just little money every month. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century.

The new server that hosts Unseen64 costs about 300$ a 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. Some years ago we had Google Adsense banners that helped a bit to get money to pay the server, but then Google banned us because we write about prototypes and rom-hacks, even if we don’t host those files on our server.

If you want to help Unseen 64 to survive and if you can donate some of your love every month, we would like to try to rise monthly contributions through Patreon. You can just donate how much or little you want, and you can cancel your pledge at any point if you’re low on cash or have a change of heart. Every cent is really appreciated and sent towards the U64 Archive. Patreon takes 5% and the creators cover the credit card transaction fees which are generally 4%, so we would see around $0.90 of every dollar.

We’d like to open different Milestone Goals, so for example if we are able to get 25 patrons to donate 1$ a month, we can pay the U64 server for another year and write weekly updates, if we are able to rise 100$ a month we could publish an Unseen64 Book with articles and insights about cancelled videogames (something like HCG101’s “The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers”, but with more engrish), if we are able to rise 2.000$ a month (LOL), we could pay our best contributors for more good articles and work on Unseen64 24/7 for daily updates on the site, deeper researches on lost videogames, create videos, interviews with forgotten developers, etc.

We also would like to offer special gifts for people that donate more than 1$ a month, for example we could share exclusive / early access videos with people that donate 10$ a month, to send a physical copy of our (potential) U64 book to who donate 25$ a month, to work on dedicated articles and special requests for who donates 50$ a month, and so on.

Before to organize a Patreon account, we’d like to do a poll to see if this idea could be useful to support Unseen 64. What do you think? Would you support U64 trough Patreon with 1$ or more a month? What would like to see as “special gift” and “Milestone Goals”? Give your vote and comment below!