Were you a child of the 1970’s or early 80’s? Did you possess a games machine which plugged into the back of your parent’s Cathode Ray Tube Television? And does the photograph above bring back half-forgotten memories of hours transfixed by strangely pixellated moving objects? If it does, then The Internet Archive Console Living Room may well be of interest to you.
The last time I played Frogger or the original Donkey Kong or Pac-Man was some time in the late 1980’s and it is quite an odd experience returning to some of those early video games after all this time.
Not being a gamer myself and with only a nostalgic interest in the genre, it is not somewhere I would visit regularly, but I am, for some strange reason, pleased that it is available.
There are hundreds of games available and they are divided into their respective games machines. Included are the Atari 2600, the Atari 7800 ProSystem, the Coleco Vision, the Astrocade, the SG-1000, and the Magnavox Odyssey (known as the Philips Videopac G7000 in Europe). At the moment there is no sound with the games, but this is due to be rectified shortly. Also, not all of the old games are available, due to copyright issues. If it is your sort of thing it may well be worth keeping an eye on this resource.
I have not explored the The Internet Archive at all, so I’m not sure of its extent or usefulness – it might be worth a look and is an interesting concept, archiving the evolving world-wide web. In their own words:-
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
In terms of the computer console games, it is inevitably harder to find the original machines and their cartridges, and as they fall into disrepair and get thrown out, it is good that this archive is online for everyone to relive their wasted youth.