Old Video Games Made Available For Free, Hundreds On The Way
Seth Fitzgerald | On 27, Dec 2013
Even with all of the advancements that have been made in the video games industry, the classics are still some of the most popular and most enjoyable for some gamers. Now, those classic video games have been made available online for free.
Titles from the 80s and 90s, stretching from the Atari 7800 to the Magnavox Odyssey have been uploaded to the internet, allowing old school gamers another shot to access titles that had been lost for years without any reboot on the newer consoles.
Some of the games included in the release are the original versions of Pacman, Space Invaders, and Frogger, all of which were massive hits when they were released.
In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly. Making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of. - Jason Scott, game archivist
The non-profit Internet Archive organization is responsible for the archival and uploading of these old time video games. There are numerous projects that the Internet Archive is involved with but making arcade games from the 70s, 80s, and 90s available to everyone for free is definitely one of the coolest things that the group has done.
Nearly all of the mainstream consoles from the late 1970s and early 1980s are represented in this list of playable games, including titles from the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Coleco ColecoVision, the Bally Astrocade, and Magnavox Odyssey 2. Some of these consoles would go onto compete with the NES, which was arguably one of the most important consoles to ever be released.
There are literally hundreds of games that have now been made available thanks to the Internet Archive and according to archivists, there will be more on the way as the group attempts to recover as many old time arcade and console games as they possibly can.
New video games like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Call of Duty definitely have their place among a person’s game collection but sometimes it is fun to sit back and play Pacman or Frogger, so the ability to do so with ease is quite nice for any gamer.