You Can Now Play 900 Classic Arcade Games in Browser

Posted on Nov 6 2014 - 9:26am by Eric Tompkins

You Can Now Play 900 Classic Arcade Games in Browser

Good news for Original Gamers and seekers of procrastination alike, 900 classic coin-operated arcade games from the 1970s to the 1990s are available to play right on your browser. You can thank Jason Scott and his team of developers for bringing the JavaScript Mess project to fruition, which involved emulating every single one of these classic titles to be compatible to play on your browser.

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Every once in a while, a gamer fiddles with his computer, smartphone, tablet or console to play one of the many retro classics from decades ago. If you’re one of those gamers, then fiddle no more, for 900 classic arcade games are now playable via web browser.

Thanks to the efforts of Jason Scott, there are now more video games than you could ever play at The Internet Arcade. Burger Time, Marble Madness, Defender and Lode Runner are just a few of the well known titles among the hundreds of games being emulated through JSMESS, or Javascript Mess, a massive scripting project that allows a wide range of computer hardware configurations to be emulated on the web.

Scott is the curator of the software collections at The Internet Archive, the non-profit digital library hosting the Arcade and a collaborator on JSMESS. “I decided to futz around with our build environment (which, it must be absolutely stressed, the other JSMESS team members built, not me), just to ask the question, “And how hard would it be to build arcade games, anyway?” Scott wrote. “It turned out to be easy. Very, very easy.”

Grizzled arcade veterans might be dismayed to learn that although hundreds of games were successfully ported, not all are fully playable due to exotic controls.

Still, the sheer number of playable titles means that gaming history will remain preserved until suitable means of replicating those controls is made possible. For now, we’ll have to settle for our keyboards.

Scott presages that “a lot of people are going to migrate to games they recognize and ones that they may not have played in years [and after] a few rounds, probably get their asses kicked, smile, and go back to their news sites.” However, he hopes that others will “go towards games they’ve never heard of, with rules they have to suss out.” But more optimistically, he looks forward to the small percentage of individuals who will use these digital artifacts in research or remix culture. — RSJ, GMA News

SOURCES: PC Magazine , GMA News

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