Internet Arcade Offers Up Over 900 Arcade Classics For Free
Archive.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our Internet and digital history. It's now expanded its collection to include emulations of classic arcade games.
According to Archive.org, its newly opened Internet Arcade is "a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package." MAME emulation has been a very popular way of keeping old games alive, but it's important to have this broad selection on a widely known – and legal – site. The available games include classics like Defender and Galaga, as well as more obscure titles.
Achive.org also maintains the Console Living Room, which offers up a wide variety of emulated games from classic home systems like the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, and the Sega Genesis – Nintendo systems being conspicuously absent.
Archive.org is doing very important work. I worry sometimes that our future history is being lost on decaying old hard drives and floppy discs. Preserving our history – which is increasingly digital – will only become more important as time goes on. It's encouraging that Archive.org understands that video games are an art form worth preserving.