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Rare Japanese games rediscovered after 67GB folder leaks online

Around 70 rare Japanese video games have surfaced online after being leaked from a private file-sharing directory.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

June 6, 2018

1 Min Read

Around 70 rare Japanese video games have surfaced online after being leaked from a private file-sharing directory. 

As reported by Motherboard, the lost titles were found on a chunky 67GB folder of ROMs being hidden away by a private collector. 

The cache includes rarities like Labyrinthe, a puzzler developed by Caravan Interactive that some feared had been lost forever, along with other obscure titles such as Cookie's Bustle, Yellow Brick Road, and Link Devicer 2074

The games were apparently being stored in a folder called 'Do Not Upload', but despite that rather blatant warning someone with access decided to go public. 

It's a move that puts the collection's future at risk, with the folder's owner having already threatened to take down the entire collection and stop uploading games in the event of a leak. 

Speaking to Motherboard, librarian and digital archivist Phil Salvador has suggested the peculiar situation shows how preservationists often struggle to maintain a truce with private collectors. 

"It's weird because this really is not a great way to be preserving games, just collecting things that leak out,” he said. "Ideally we should be collaborating with collectors to share games like these. But unfortunately a lot of game collecting and preservation happens in the margins like this."

If your interest is piqued, be sure to head on down to Motherboard for the full story. It's a fascinating read.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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