Frogger, Pac Man and Other Classic Games Hit the Internet

Posted on Jan 8 2014 - 10:09am by Thomas Sharp

Admit it; you’ve never really got over the lack of Pac Man, Frogger and Space Invaders in your life.

Sure, some of the games around these days are alright but you secretly long for the return of simpler days and simpler games. Well, your wish has come true.

Some of the classic and most well-remembered video games from back in the 1970s and 1980s have been put onto the internet for free use.

The work of bringing these fondly remembered games to the internet was done by the Internet Archive. They have started off the collection with games from 5 of the earliest home games consoles, namely the Atari 7800, the Philips Videopac G7000, the Astrocade, the Colecovision and the Atari 2600.

Tough to Find the Consoles and Cartridges Now

If you are too young to remember these games from the first time around they might find them to be a trifle on the basic side. Back then, games cartridges were inserted directly into the console. The lack of consoles and cartridges in good condition has meant that playing some of these classic old games has become increasingly difficult over the years.

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In fact, the most common way to play these games in recent times has been by using an emulator to play ROM images of games. This is often illegal and big games manufacturers such as Sega and Nintendo tend to take a dim view of their games being reproduced in this way.

What classic old arcade game would you most love to play again?

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