Internet Archive puts classic console games online

Today the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization dedicated to archiving books, movies, music and other knowledge, has announced that they are making available a wealth of free games from early consoles for people to play on their website. The games come from early home consoles such as the Atari 2600, the ColecoVision and the Magnavox Odyssey, and are all available to play for free through the use of the JSMESS emulator system.

The Archive, which also runs the popular web archive Wayback Machine, has said that all games (of which there are hundreds) are playable on most browsers as part of 'The Console Living Room', the newest edition of their Software Collection - and while none of the games currently contain sound, the feature will be added soon. The project, which includes many popular titles such as Space Invaders, Frogger and Pacman, is intended to "harken back to the revolution of the change in the hearth of the home, when the fireplace and later television were transformed by gaming consoles into a center of videogame entertainment."

The page also includes overviews of the 5 consoles, and a section which allows users to review the games, which are playable with a mouse and keyboard - and the Archive promises that more games and consoles will be added soon.

Source: Internet Archive | Image via archive.org

 

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paulheu said,
Who here remembers the time you could actually place a picture frame on top of your TV set..

Remember it? I still do it. And can still do it on all 3 TV's we have.

I remember standing on my parents television to fix the curtain my brother and I pulled down when wrestling in the living room. We were in panic mode to get the darn thing up before my parents got home. That television was a massive beast. The days when your television looked like furniture.

nesbox . com has almost every knows NES or SNES game out there in a java emulator, you play them online, and you can even attach a controller

TRC said,
I'm guessing they got permission from all the different companies that own these games, even Nintendo?

Don't think they need to somehow, IA also hosts various MP3's including music from Sting freely.

...and while none of the games currently contain sound, the feature will be added soon.

It does not support sound yet but its cool that they did this