Play “Space War!,” One of the Earliest Video Games, on Your Computer (1962)

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Archive.org continues adding to its Historical Software collection. Last year, they made available Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Frogger & other video games from the Golden Age, not to mention some classic software programs like WordStar and Visi-Calc. Now, they present “Space War!”, a game that came out of MIT back in 1962.

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Free App Lets You Play Chess With 23-Year-Old Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen

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Chess has been experiencing a surprising revival as of late, with the World Championships making headlines for the first time in  years. As it was during the days of Bobby Fischer and later Garry Kasparov, the resurgence is largely the doing of one man: Norway’s 23-year-old chess phenom, Magnus Carlsen.

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The Big Lebowski Reimagined as a Classic 8-Bit Video Game

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The above video brings together two things that few people of my generation can resist.

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Free Fun: Play Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Frogger & Other Golden Age Video Games In Your Web Browser

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While I was growing up in the 1990s, my parents’ refusal to purchase gaming consoles gave me no choice but to navigate the age of Nintendo 64 with a doddering, nearly decade-old PC.

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Download a Prototype of Ever, Jane, a Video Game That Takes You Inside the Virtual World of Jane Austen

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A few days ago, 3 Turn Productions finished raising $109,563 (from 1,600 backers) on Kickstarter to fund the development of “Ever, Jane,” a virtual game that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England.

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Long Live Glitch! The Art & Code from the Game Now Released into the Public Domain

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Back in 2009, a startup called Tiny Speck (whose co-founder Stewart Butterfield also co-founded Flickr) launched a multiplayer online video game called Glitch, which won praise for its creative visual style. Although more than 150,000 people played the game, Glitch never quite found its footing in the market. And, in 2012, it was shut down.

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Timothy Leary Plans a Neuromancer Video Game, with Art by Keith Haring, Music by Devo & Cameos by David Byrne

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Few science fiction novels have resonated as strongly with popular culture as William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984). The book, wherein the first trickles of Internet culture coalesced into the gritty film noir world so dear to readers of Philip K. Dick, became one of the seminal reads of the 1980s. The cyberpunk genre was born.

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Run Vintage Video Games (From Pac-Man to E.T.) and Software in Your Web Browser, Thanks to Archive.org

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Note: If you’re having difficulties getting this software running in your browser give Firefox a try. It seems to work the best.

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How Indie Video Game Makers Are Changing the Game

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In a follow-up to its feature on Glitch Art, which we wrote up in August, PBS’s Off Book series has released this short video promoting indie video games. The video packs a lot of information into a very short time frame, so it’s worth watching twice.

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Ancient Greek Punishments: The Retro Video Game

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When you have a sense of humor and some free time, this is what you can come up with: Let’s Play Ancient Greek Punishment!
This amusing little creation lets users play vintage-style video games based on Ancient Greek mythology.

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