Internet Archive posts playable collection of old console video games

Fantastic news for anyone with a place in their heart for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800 Pro System, ColecoVision, Magnavox Odyssey², or the Astrocade. The Internet Archive has posted playable emulations of all five of these old consoles on their site.

To play a game, pick a console, then pick a game (there are hundreds), then click the “Run” link on the right side of the page. Finally, read the instructions, then press the space bar to start.

Some of the games work well, others not so much. Clearly, this is a work in progress. If you run into problems with one browser, try switching to another.

Big wave of nostalgia for me.

  • I’m really confused about how what Internet Archive has been doing distributing game ROMs is even remotely legal. The shadiest sites refuse to provide ROMs on legal grounds, yet this super high profile site just puts them right out there. I figured there would be an FAQ on the site answering this question, but if there is, I can’t find it.