The Internet Archive launches its arcade: Classic games in a browser

Christian Nutt, Gamasutra, Nov 12, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

From the 'mindless diversions' department of OLDaily: the Internet Archive has made available in-browser versions of classic arcade games, including Frogger, Joust and Galaga, to name just a few. Many of my old favorites are here (I was an arcade rat at the time the first video games came out; I actually paid money to play pong, and though I always preferred pinball (because you could get free games), I played many of the games listed here when they were new). "Archivist Jason Scott writes about the process of getting the Arcade up and running on his personal blog. He explains its purpose like this: '... my hope is that a handful, a probably tiny percentage [of players], will begin plotting out ways to use this stuff in research, in writing, and remixing these old games into understanding their contexts.'" Awesome.

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