After watching the brilliant Documentary Film "Get Lamp" by Jason Scott Sadofsky we were curious about his research and decided to take a look at one of the websites that he gave thanks to in the end credits.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit website that is looking to build a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts. It provides free access to all sorts of cool stuff.
We were of course interested in searching through the Software Repository section that is contained within the site.
It covers a whole multitude of different retrogaming systems and some PC Classics.
Not only does it contain a whole host of information on the systems and games it also enables you to legally download some of the games.
Within the software section you are able to visit the "Historical Software Collection"
This section contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archives. It utilises in-browser emulators and you are able to try out these historical pieces of software without the additional burdens of installing emulator software.
The next section that you can spend hours in is the "Classic PC Games" Section where you can take a step back in time and play some of the coolest DOS and Windows games from yesteryear.The collection is constantly growing and evolving, so keep checking back on this one and fire up your Dos Box!
The next interesting section for you to get your Geek On is the "ShareWare CD Archive"
"One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold."
Finally, the section that held our interest the most had to be "The Console Living Room"
This beauty of a RetroGaming section holds over 1000 items and covers most of the earliest systems such as Atari 2600, Magnavox Odyssey etc.
It also enables you to run the game in browser with some really cool emulator software to get a taste for how these cool systems ran the games.
Before we go and let you discover all this great stuff for yourselves, why don't you also check out "The Old School Emulation Center"
This really is a jewel in the crown of the "Internet Archive" every conceivable system is covered and all this is backed up by a TOSEC site that is maintained by our new fave director Jason Scott Sadofsky.......