According to a recent post by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, PC Games are now added to the national software registry. The non-regulatory body added games like Mass Effect, World of Warcraft, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Companies like Steam, EA, Blizzard and more are mentioned.
Some of the games added to the registry were donated by publishers while others were bought by the Govt. These games are now part forever part of the Govt registry. The software registry partly acts as a “repository of culturally significant digital artifacts.”
Many of the titles were donated to the NSRL by Valve Software, which owns the Steam platform; Electronic Arts, which owns Origin; and Activision Blizzard, which owns Blizzard. Other titles were purchased if their install base was large enough to justify the expense. All titles in the NSRL are properly licensed and acquired.
While the NSRL exists primarily to support cybersecurity and law enforcement efforts, it is also considered a repository of culturally significant digital artifacts. While important books, films and audio recordings are preserved at the Library of Congress, the NSRL functions as a national software archive. Historians consider this important because most of modern culture is both produced and consumed using software.
These are the first modern games to be added to the National Institue of Standards and Technology. But these aren’t the first games to be added, just last year retro games were included as well. Games like SimCity, Asteroids, and Mario Bros were added to the repository.
There are many other games that can be added such as Call of Duty, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Witcher 3, and more.