internet arcade

A year ago, Colin Marshall told you all about the Internet Archive’s Historical Software Archive, which lets nostalgic web users play vintage computer games in their web browser — games like Namco’s Pac-Man, or a 1982 version of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The Archive has kept nudging along this project, and last weekend they launched the Internet Arcade, a web-based library of 900 arcade (coin-operated) video games made between the 1970s and 1990s. Dig Dug, Bezerk, Frogger, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II — they are all there.

The games will run in your web browser via a Javascript emulator. Last year, the Internet Archive told us that Firefox was best optimized to run these free games. If you encounter issues with control, sound, or other technical problems, you can read this entry for some common solutions.

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