December 27, 2013
courtesy Archive.org

courtesy Archive.org

If you’ve got plenty of free time this holiday season one of my fave websites – Archive.org – just got even cooler! Considered to be the world’s largest online library – their collection of horror movies considered to be in the public domain is second to none! – they recently announced the launch of The Internet Archive Console Living Room.

The Internet Archive Console Living Room harkens back to the revolution of the change in the hearth of the home, when the fireplace and later television were transformed by gaming consoles into a center of videogame entertainment. Connected via strange adapters and relying on the television’s speaker to put out beeps and boops, these games were resplendent with simple graphics and simpler rules.

Using something called “the JSMESS emulator system”, the website enables you direct access to classic gaming consoles like The Atari 7800 ProSystem or the funky-looking The Astrocade. Click the screenshot or “Emulate This” for each individual cartridge, and the games will just start to run. Check it out here.


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