Classic 70s and 80s games now online

A Second Christmas Morning: The Console Living Room. In an expansion of the Historical Software Collection, the Internet Archive has opened the Console Living Room, a collection of console video games from the 1970s and 1980s. This means that classic video games from the 1970s and 1980s have been put online by the Internet Archive and can be played within a web browser for nothing.

The collection has launched with games from five early home consoles, including the Atari 2600 and Colecovision. Well-recognised titles such as Pacman, Space Invaders and Frogger are all in the archive – with more consoles and games expected soon.

Nostalgic urges has created this archive because as the consoles fell into disrepair and became ever more scarce, playing these games has become difficult. For many years, communities of gamers have created ROMs images of games that can be played on a normal PC by using an emulator. However, in many cases, gaming in this way can be illegal. But older games such as the ones found on the Internet Archive fall into something of a legal grey area (publishers and developers often turn a blind eye).

The Internet Archive is now experimenting with an in-browser emulator that allows you to try software in the archives (Currently the games do not have sound, but will soon). Based on the MESS emulation software, this JSMESS (Javascript MESS) player should run in most modern browsers and will map to most keys on your keyboard.


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