Do you remember a period when games were simple in execution, but still extremely difficult? How about a period when “space”, “galaxy”, and “star” were a pretty common theme with most video games? If you do then you’re in for a treat and if you don’t then class is in session!
The Internet Archive is known for preserving history from film, to music, to literature. Now the non-profit group is offering classic arcade games from the 70s and 80s for all to enjoy.
The 8-bit goodness will be coming from the libraries of Atari, Coleco, and Magnavox. The games will be available in the Historical Software Collection’s Console Living Room. Everything is still in the beta stages and sound isn’t available, but since the games weren’t the largest in size, there are hundreds available.
The best thing about this is because the games aren’t beefy in size and aren’t graphics intensive, you don’t need a monstrous gaming rig to enjoy them. If you have a modern PC, you’re pretty much set.
The 1970s and a soft portion of the early 1980s were dominated by the Atari 2600 which had an extremely long run. It will be featured along with the Atari 7800 (for some reason the Atari 5200 isn’t present). The ColecoVision was another powerhouse of the period and will also have games up. Rounding out the rest are the Magnavox Odyssey 2 and the Bally Astrocade.
It was this period that led to Atari Shock, better known as the North American video game crash of 1983. There was a dark age during their period when gaming fell out of favor for a number of reasons including terrible big budget games such as E.T.
The immediate outcome was the rise of Nintendo’s console dominance for the following decade starting in the mid 1980s. From there Atari remained in the market for some time before eventually dropping out of the hardware game as far as new titles are concerned with the Atari Jaguar which was released in 1993.