With the release of the new X Box One and PS4 games consoles, video games have never been so sophisticated. They’re certainly a far cry from the early games consoles that started the whole phenomenon back in the 1970s and 80s.
However, as a child of the 80s, I have fond memories of playing Frogger, Pac Man, Space Invaders, and the rest on our ZX Spectrum. The format may have been basic but they were still thrilling and addictive, at least for a child! It might have something to do with my age and gender, but ever since I eventually lost interest in Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Mega Drive, aged 14, I’ve never really embraced modern video games in the same way as I did back then.
I was therefore very excited to learn that classic video games for five early games consoles have been put online by the Internet Archive and can be played within a web browser for free.
The five consoles currently featured are: the Atari 2600, the Atari 7800 ProSystem, the ColecoVision, the Magnavox Odyssey (known as the Philips Videopac G7000 in Europe), and the Astrocade. However, archivists at the Internet Archive plan to add more consoles and loads more games. The games don’t currently have sound but this is also something the Internet Archive is working on.
So, if you fancy some nostalgia or just want to see where video games all began, be sure to check it out.
Over to you…
What’s your favourite video game from the past?