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Internet Archive adds classic 70s and 80s games online for free

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Remember those early video games which were addictive but fun? Gaming may have come a long way in recent years but if you still have fond memories of classic video games from the 1970s and 1980s you will soon be able to enjoy them free online.
Nostalgic video games such as Pacman and Space Invaders are classics. Some were originally played through your television set via games consoles such as Atari and both the games and consoles were expensive to buy. Now though you will be able to play them online via your web browser.
The Internet Archive is adding a selection of 70s and 80s games online and access will be free, and easy. The games can be played within a web browser at no cost.
Games include Donkey Kong Junior, Pacman, Mario Bros, Asteroids, Track & Field, Space Invaders, Winter Games, Chopper Rescue and hundreds more.
Traditionally these games were stored on expensive cartridges for use on specific machines or consoles. Times change and, as consoles broke down and repairs were no longer available, the cartridges became useless.
With the games being archived dating back around 30 or 40 years the Internet Archive is able to use a "legal grey area" to allow use of these games.
The project is still in its early stages and the archive collection has launched with games from five early home consoles, including the Atari 2600 and Colecovision reports the BBC.
Currently the games have no sound but that is set to change. Archivist Jason Scott wrote,
"In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly "Making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of."
The variety of consoles and number of games will expand in the coming months. Consoles used include "Atari 7800, the Magnavox Odyssey (known as the Philips Videopac G7000 in Europe) and the Astrocade." Well known games such as Pacman, Space Invaders and Frogger are included in the archive but other titles will follow.
Fancy playing a game? Follow the link here to the Console Living Room and take your pick.
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