Monday, December 30, 2013

Live the 80's Again Courtesy of the Internet Archive

I hate to admit this because it shows my age, but I can still remember Christmas Day of (I think) 1980.  My girlfriend at the time opened a box that contained an Atari 2600 game system.  Suddenly Space Invaders was available in the living room!
That Christmas Break I was filled with our friends & us spending hours (literally) crowded around the TV in her living room playing games that before we had only played in arcades where each game cost us a quarter!  It was one of the coolest and most unbelievable tech moments of my life up to that point.
Part of my technology fascination probably comes from my coming of age in that time of arcade video games that morphed into home video games.  The  nostalgia of those days is probably something that lots of you reading this can remember and relate to.
Some of us still have some of those old consoles.  I know that somewhere in a dusty part of my basement there is a Mattel Intellivision system.
Unfortunately most of those consoles are long gone and with them, the ability to play those great games.
Now, however, comes a time warping announcement from the Internet Archive.  The Archive has announced the Console Living Room  which allows you play those vintage games on your computer in a browser window!!!  How cool is that?
Titles from the following 5 game consoles are featured:
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 7800 ProSystem
  • The ColecoVision
  • The Magnavox Odyssey
  • The Astrocade

It's also great that this is just the tip of the iceberg as it looks like more titles and improvements will be coming in the future.  From the blog post announcing this, is the following paragraph:

Access drives preservation – making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of. In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly. Until then, game on!

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