Redump.org is a project dedicated to the preservation of video game data. The primary goal of the Redump.org community is to create and maintain a database of accurate and complete dumps of optical disc-based games. This means the data extracted from the discs is verified against a standard to ensure it hasn’t been modified or corrupted. Here’s why Redump and similar projects like No-Intro are important.
When ROM or disc image files are “verified by Redump,” the files have been checked against the Redump database and confirmed to match the exact, standardized copies Redump has cataloged. Here’s what this verification implies:
- Authenticity and originality of the game: The ROM or disc image accurately represents the original game or media without any alterations, modifications, or corruptions.
- Standardization: The file has been dumped using the methods and standards set by the Redump community. This ensures consistency across all entries in their database.
- Checksum Verification: Redump uses checksums (like MD5, SHA-1, or CRC32) to verify the integrity and authenticity of a dump. If Redump verifies a ROM or disc image, its checksum matches the one in the Redump database, confirming its accuracy.
- Complete Metadata: Verified files are often accompanied by metadata from the Redump database, including information like release date, publisher, region, version, and more. This means the games authenticated by Redump all have very special names and express many language elements such as: God of War II (Europe Australia) (En,Fr,De,Es,It,Ru).
Preservation Quality: Redump’s verification process ensures that the game or media has been preserved in its most pristine and unaltered form. This is crucial for archival, research, and historical purposes.
These are why the Redump verified version of ROMS has become so popular and preferred.