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The Internet Archive project has been working for years to preserve physical and digital media to stop it from being lost to the sands of time. Whether it's creating archives of websites, digitising books, or storing old films and audio, it's created a massive repository of media that is freely available. A couple of years ago it started archiving old games and in the last week it's filled out its library with 2,500 more games, all free and playable within your browser.
"This will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago," historian Jason Scott writes in the post announcing the release. It includes games such as the original WipEout, The Secret of Monkey Island, and the first Elder Scrolls games.
All of the games are free to play and run in a browser so you don't need to install and emulators on your computer to get them running. The games do need to download into your browser, though, so if you pick a larger title like the original Microsoft Flight Simulator, you might be waiting for a while for all the data to load in.
I've been scrolling through the list of games added and it makes for a fascinating collection. You have games like Street Fighter II, The Need For Speed, Championship Manager 97 - 98, which are immediately recognisable as series that continue to survive today. There are also lots of games I'd forgotten about, like Cannon Fodder, Night Trap, and Loom, which never spawned long series, but were important in their day. And then stacks of games which are just plain weird, like Tony & Friends in Kellogg's Land, a platformer where you play Frosties' mascot Tony the Tiger.
It's not great.
But guess what that developer went on to make... Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.
Honestly, go take a look through the list. There's a load of games you may have heard of, played in the distant past, or play the sequels of today.
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