The Cutting Room Floor:About
Write more about TCRF's early days, the year it was founded, its ideals, and what led to Xkeeper's involvement.
The Cutting Room Floor is a wiki that aims to catalog unused and debug content found within video games, covering an enormous variety of platforms and genres. While everyone is welcome to participate, articles are held to stringent quality standards in order to ensure that the wiki's information is organized, accurate, and on-topic.
TCRF originally began as a personal project by Rachel Mae (a.k.a. BMF54123, Rusty) in 2001, after searching through code in DOS programs with a hex editor and learning 6502 assembly. It was occasionally updated until 2006 and focused on NES games, due to the relative ease of searching through NES games and familiarity with the system. The original page can still be found online.
Xkeeper subsequently took interest of what was done and offered to rework the site. Initially, there were plans to make it a site using a microCMS system, making the site more akin to a blog. It was eventually decided to make a wiki on 25 October, 2009 for ease of maintenance and to allow others to contribute their knowledge. The few first months were dedicated to porting over the contents of the original site to the newly created wiki. It was made available publicly on 2 February, 2010.
Initially, users had to request an account to an admin before being able to contribute. This was changed after a few months to make it available to all users. It was also hosted on wiki.rustedlogic.net until being moved to tcrf.net on 7 November, 2010.
Since its early days, TCRF has grown to become one of the leading catalogs of unused and debug content online. Well-respected as a resource, it has been referenced in a variety of media, including Edge Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, and Cracked. It has also grown to incorporate a forum, an IRC channel, a Twitter page, and a Reddit page.
Every day, the site continues to expand into other platforms and covers games from 1974 all the way up to present day.