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Current Events / Gaming PopWrapped | Current Events

The Internet Archive Brings 900 Classic Games To Your Browser

Kenia Santos | PopWrapped Author

Kenia Santos

11/07/2014 2:59 pm
PopWrapped | Current Events
The Internet Archive Brings 900 Classic Games To Your Browser | Internet Archive
Media Courtesy of Internet Arcade
Children and teenagers who watched their neighboring arcades shut down in the mid-90s have now been granted their classic games fix. The Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library which offers access to over 400 billion archived websites as well as millions of e-books, songs and videos free of cost; has just launched The Internet Arcade, making over 900 prime arcade games accessible through your web browser without requiring coins, plugins, or any third-party software. The collection is comprised of games from the '70s through to the '90s, playable thanks to JSMAME - Javascript Mess Project, an ambitious effort to build browser-based emulators for all existing computer systems. Jason Scott, curator of the collection, wrote he hopes that "a probably tiny percentage [of the people who will access the games], will begin plotting out ways to use this stuff in research, in writing, and remixing these old games into understanding their contexts." Last year, the Internet Archive had already launched The Console Living Room project, with back-ups of games for the Atari 2600, the Atari 7800, the Magnavox Odyssey, the ColecoVision and the Astrocade. Scott recommends the latest version of Firefox for maximum performance and has posted some solutions to common problems here. Ready to play?

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