Play Frogger, Asteroids free from your browser

Who needs Call of Duty when you could be playing Montezuma's Revenge featuring Panama Joe? The Console Living Room from the Internet Archive is making classic console games free to play online.

Dodge snapjaws, swooping purple birds, and electric sparks to help Donkey Kong, Jr. free his imprisoned father.
Dodge snapjaws, swooping purple birds, and electric sparks to help Donkey Kong, Jr. free his imprisoned father. The Internet Archive

Long ago, in a living room far, far away, games like Donkey Kong Jr., Frogger, Laser Blast, Joust, Pac-Man, Q-bert, Centipede, Burgertime, and Dig Dug ruled our every waking moment. Pixilated characters beeped their way across our TV screens as we challenged our friends and families to a match on our Atari 2600, Atari 7800 ProSystem, Magnavox Odyssey, ColecoVision, and Astrocade game console systems.

Now, thanks to The Console Living Room from the Internet Archive, fans of vintage video games can relive their high scores to their favorite games from the early '80s.

"Through use of the JSMESS emulator system, which allows direct access to these programs in your browser with no additional plugins or settings, these games can be enjoyed again," the Internet Archive posted on its site. "Simply click on the screenshot or 'Emulate This' button for each individual cartridge, and on modern browsers the games will just start to run."

There is no sound in the games as of yet, though the site promises that the feature will be added shortly.

One of the coolest aspects of The Console Living Room is the eclectic selection of the more obscure games that players may have missed over the years such as titles that were created in conjunction with popular '80s films and TV shows such as E.T. - The Extra-terrestrial, The A-Team, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, The Last Starfighter, Pigs in Space, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Krull, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Dune, among many others.

Pretend you've traveled back to the '80s and the world's fate is in your hands as you play War Games, just like the hit movie starring Matthew Broderick. Or for something a bit more lighthearted, try Strawberry Shortcake - Musical Match-ups.

Oh yeah! Quench your thirst for adventure by playing Kool-Aid Man!
Oh yeah! Quench your thirst for adventure by playing Kool-Aid Man! The Internet Archive

Even popular fast food and snack mascots including the Kool-Aid Man and McDonald's - Golden Arches Adventure got in on the video game craze. After all, who could forget the exciting game play in Pepsi Invaders - Coke Wins?

Good luck, and may the best pixilated character win!

 

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