The Internet Archive has posted free emulations of just about every cartridge from just about every classic video game console that you can play right on your Internet browser. The Internet Archive’s Console Living Room includes a large collection of titles from the Atari 2600 and 7800 ProSystem, the ColecoVision, the Magnavox Odyssey and the Astrocade, according to the Atlantic Wire.
The Internet Archive’s collection has a long, impressive list of titles that actually work really well on just about any modern browser. The Atari 2600 console page, for instance, has a bunch of timeless hits such as Mario Bros., Defender, Frogger and three different version of Pac-Man including the horrid port from the far superior arcade version. They even included some more controversial titles such as adult-themed games like Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party and the infamous Custer’s Revenge. That’s probably because “adult-themed” is a very loose interpretation of these games compared to most of the free porn that has permeated across the Internet.
This could not have come at a better time. We just got through Christmas and there are sure to be a ton of disappointed gamers who are still reeling over the fact that no one got them that big, shiny, new video game console like the Xbox One or the PS4 that they’ve been hinting at since they first heard the term “next-gen.” Now they’ve got something much better than that. They have access to a virtual museum of video game history where they can actually play with the artifacts.