Internet Archive adds free-to-play classic game consoles on the web

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Posted January 3, 2014


The Internet Archive has launched a beta version of historical software collection of the Console Living Room, a new initiative that makes hundreds of classic video games available for free, in-browser play. The console leaving room recreates the classic ’70s and ’80s systems on the web in order to maintain the historical record. It uses the JSMESS emulator to reproduce games for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, the Magnavox Odyssey 2, the Colecovision, and the Bally Astrocade. These games can be enjoyed in an up to date version of a modern browser. Currently, there is no sound in the games, although Internet Archive said sound will be added soon.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” It provides permanent storage of and free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books.

Simply click on a system below to browse through available games and cartridges and try them out. Where possible, links to manuals and additional information are available for reference. The collection features many cartridges that defined the golden age of gaming, including Atari 2600 classics like Yars’ RevengeH.E.R.O. and River Raid.



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