If you’re spent more than a few minutes searching for restriction-free photos in the hellmouth that is the Wikimedia Commons, a Creative Commons-based media division of Wikipedia, you know there’s pretty slim pickins. Photos from the archive are free to use, but they’re not always of the highest quality: they’re blurry, or oddly cropped, or just gross. But, strangely, the photos of gaming systems are pretty good. What’s more, they’re actually consistent.
Well, you can thank Evan Amos for that. Over at PetaPixel, Amos describes how he went about photographing both modern and antique gaming systems, becoming the de facto Wiki documentarian of gaming:
He’s not doing it for the credit, either. Anyone–news agencies or otherwise–can grab the photos and use them for whatever they want. He reached out to collectors to find some of the more obscure items, like the Bally Astrocade, explained what he was doing to the owners, and uploaded the photos for free. Now he’s running a Kickstarter campaign (fully funded, with a few days to spare) for a free “online game museum”: with funding, he plans to track down the rarest gaming systems and document them for future generations:
So as someone blogging on the video game beat: thanks, Evan. Also: we couldn’t help but notice you are a fan of jelly beans, too.