GG is/was a pretty solid game developer and if he still cares about his games, he will simply post them elsewhere, if he hasn't done so already but anybody can realistically make a visual novel engine. It's basically a regular RPG speech system with longer pathways.
Honestly, I'm more surprised to learn how many of my fellow devs only kept a single copy of their source files. I keep mine in Dropbox across two laptops and I have a thumb drive back up. It's going to take a lot more than a partition failure to stop me from working, nevermind to erased all my data.
In either case, there is no real reason to archive the thousands upon thousands of entries to the sandbox that didn't even get traffic while the place was active. YYG no longer supports the previous versions of Game Maker and they no longer support the previous version of the Player either. It's just a needless expense now.
The utter disregard that people show towards the thousands, if not millions, of hours of work that people have put into their games is distressing.
If you don't have the files for your games, I don't see why I should care about them more than the author does. It is your duty to protect your content, not mine, not YoYoGames, just yours.
They're as much a part of 21st Century youth culture as punk was in the 70s.
The YoYoGames Sandbox is as big an influence on 21st Century youth culture as punk in the 70's? Are you sure that's the statement you want to go with?
If they're not protected - and I'd like to remind you that there is a specific organisation that deals with this - then that's a part of history that is literally being deleted.
They're getting rid of the defunct sandbox not performing a panda extermination. I'm sure the future generations will find a way to survive without the YoYoGames Sandbox.
I admire your enthusiasm and sense of self importance but I'm sure public schools are suffering enough already without having to try and fit in the YoYoGames Sandbox between teachings of William the Conqueror and the Egyptian Pyramids.
We don't get to dictate what is and isn't important to the historians of the future nor should we.
Edited by Rusty, 18 March 2016 - 11:07 PM.