Games That Weren’t (GTW) is a large archive dedicated to documenting and finding lost/unreleased games across many different platforms. Running for almost 25 years, we are a non-profit archive with no financial backing, producing content out of passion for game history preservation.
If you would like to support us in some way, please help spread the word about our project and help share posts that you find interesting or would like to help us recover. Each page has a social media share link, all of which helps to widen the net and hopefully learn about certain titles within our archives.
A little bit of history…
Popularity of the feature encouraged Frank to create a dedicated web site to cover more about other unreleased games on the Commodore 64. Launched in 1999, GTW64 was born and grew rapidly, where games began to be found thanks to the wonders of the Internet and the links that were made with developers that were coming online. We were one of the first sites dedicated to unreleased and lost games at the time. Here is an early glimpse from Web Archive.
It became an archive where you could download many lost / unfinished games for the Commodore 64, but also learn more about certain titles, or at least collate information on those which were yet to be found.
Building upon what was once just a C64 archive, eventually gamesthatwerent.com was created as our primary website, dedicated to covering all platforms. As well as our GTW64 site, we also have an Amiga GTW site which is ran by Adrian Simpson. Occasionally we will also post news from other preservation projects, but we mainly share news and other findings via our social media streams, including twitter.
We need you!
All the hard work and searching cannot be done by us alone. An essential part of the project and finding lost games is also YOU! Even if its just credits or brief information, we value any help that we are given and aim to credit anyone who contributes in some way. If you were involved on a particular piece of unreleased software, please contact us.
Sharing our work
We are generally happy if people use our research for producing articles, as the more articles out there on certain games, the more widespread the details become of that title… plus of course the better the chances of something being recovered! However, all we ask is that you please make an acknowledgement to the source in some way.
Sadly, we have had a few instances of late where we have gathered/published research (in our own limited and spare time), only for it to be lifted without any credit or acknowledgement.