About Lost Levels
Hi! My name is Frank, and I started this website with some friends in the year of our Lord 2003 because, as it turns out, I’m not the only person interested in video games that never made it to market.
In fact, there’s a whole mess of us that enjoy video games to such an extent that we became amateur historians, digging around dark corners of Google and talking to video game creators, collectors and experts to peek behind the curtains and learn new things about the medium we love most.
Sometimes we post things on our forums, and sometimes we write long feature articles. We’re interested in the art of game development, and do our best to provide interesting stories and insight from game developers about projects that may never have been publicly discussed, were it not for our community’s thriving interest.
A lot of the things we do and are excited about are of very little interest to anyone outside of our little community, but sometimes our efforts get major media attention and indirectly do some incredible things to make the world a better place, which inspires me to keep the site going.
Lost Levels may not be the most prolific website on your radar, but I’d like to believe it’s important. As I write this, we are celebrating our fifth year online (and our tenth year as a brewing idea), and things are looking better for our unique hobby all the time. Other sites with similar interests have either been formed or ramped up their efforts, articles about unreleased games have populated major print and web media at a rapid pace, and game preservation as a whole is finally getting serious.
And preservation is the key word here. Truthfully, I’d prefer to live in a world where sites like mine aren’t necessary, but video game preservation is just not where it needs to be. We’re getting there, slowly but surely, but the sad truth is that without sites like Lost Levels, information, media, and even completed projects could be lost forever. It took far too long for film preservation to become a serious pursuit, and we lost some very important relics because of it. Let’s not make that same mistake with games.
Did you work on a game that never materialized? We’d love to hear from you, whether you kept your work or not. Even if you don’t think you have much of a story to tell, chances are that someone, somewhere wants to hear it, and if trends are any indication, that audience is growing. I’d love to hear from you, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Frank Cifaldi, August 25, 2008