As a person who does not have the hours to create an archive in addition to my Dirge Multiplayer one, but still wants G-Bike to receive the same attention, I just want to throw the idea out there in the hope that it might stick and somebody takes up the task.
While G-Bike almost certainly won't go the way of DCFFVII: Lost Episode and live up to its subtitle of being lost, the sooner a preservation effort gets started the more will ultimately get saved.
What would a G-Bike archive include?
- Version Update Reports
- In-game inventory lists
- Gameplay videos
- Screenshots, promos etc
- Trailer analysis
- Notes about compatible platforms, playability and potential emulation
- Overall development history from inception to its end
Who knows for how long forum posts about the game's multiple patches and updates will remain? I certainly hope that all the reports from our own thread won't accidentally get lost whenever the TLS forums get upgraded. Who knows when the G-Bike data files may become difficult for modern computers to read? Or when modern phones will no longer be able to load the data files (that are not dependent on server connections)?
I do keep my own folder with miscellaneous G-Bike files but I doubt I'll ever have the time and resources to expand it to a size comparable to my Dirge Multiplayer folders. Whether one big archive gets created or not, you can do the following in a preservation effort:
● Download YouTube videos. I use this site to download YT videos. There are thousands of G-Bike videos out there but I will occasionally download ones that look particularly interesting.
● Request the original video recordings from the uploader. Confirming the exact time of the recording is also important when confirming which patch/version the uploader was playing at the time.
● Use the Wayback Machine to save websites. I have a Chrome plugin that lets me instantly save web pages. I've spent countless hours using this add-on to save Dirge Online blog posts that otherwise would never have been saved.
● Save websites the standard way by downloading them as files to your own computer.
● Acquire and/or keep back-ups of the G-Bike installation data.
The idea has been shared. Now we play the waiting game and see if anybody gets inspired.