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The Internet Archive launches its arcade: Classic games in a browser

The famous archiver of web content has moved into game preservation, offering a huge selection of classic arcade games, now playable in-browser.

Christian Nutt, Contributor

November 3, 2014

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Today, The Internet Archive launched The Internet Arcade, a free, emulated, browser-compatible collection comprising arcade games from the 1970s to the 1990s. Of course, while some games in the archive have been effectively abandoned and even forgotten, others are still popular and actively exploited by their creators, such as games in the Pac-Man franchise. Games from well-known companies such as Capcom, Konami, Namco, Taito, and Sega appear in the list, among many others -- around 900, in total. Archivist Jason Scott writes about the process of getting the Arcade up and running on his personal blog. He explains its purpose like this: "... my hope is that a handful, a probably tiny percentage [of players], will begin plotting out ways to use this stuff in research, in writing, and remixing these old games into understanding their contexts." [UPDATE: Commenters note that the legality of the effort is unclear - the Internet Archive is a non-profit, but it does not appear that they have attempted to contact IP holders before making these titles available.] The Internet Archive preserves webpage content so that it remains publicly available even after it has disappeared from the live web. You can find out more about the Archive, and read its copyright terms here.

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