The Internet Archive Brings Back Vintage Console Games

Posted by at 1:06 pm on December 31, 2013

Console Living RoomThe Internet Archive has launched a beta version of the Console Living Room, a new initiative that makes hundreds of classic video games available for free, in-browser play.

Part of the Internet Archive’s preservation-focused Historical Software Collection, the Console Living Room uses the JSMESS emulator to reproduce games for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, the Magnavox Odyssey 2, the Colecovision, and the Bally Astrocade. Key mapping for each game are provided to make play within modern browser possible. As of this writing, the games have no sound.

The collection features many cartridges that defined the golden age of gaming, including Atari 2600 classics like Yars’ Revenge, H.E.R.O. and River Raid. The Colecovision sees its share of representation with standouts like BC’s Quest for Tires and a prototype port of the arcade hit Burgertime, while history buffs can judge for themselves if the Odyssey 2’s K.C. Munchkin rightfully earned a 1982 lawsuit over its similarities to Pac-Man.

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