Monday, November 3, 2014

Just When You Thought Everything About Gaming Was Terrible, Along Came the Console Living Room!

On November 1, 2014 the Javascript MESS project released 21 game systems and roughly 900 games to the Internet Archive. The Javascript MESS project describes their mission as: "The JAVASCRIPT MESS project is a porting of the MESS emulator, a program that emulates hundreds of machine types, into the Javascript language. The MESS program can emulate (or begin to emulate) a majority of home computers, and continues to be improved frequently. By porting this program into the standardized and cross-platform Javascript language, it will be possible to turn computer history and experience into the same embeddable object as movies, documents, and audio . . ." (JSMESS Homepage).

Of the 21 game systems that have been emulated I'm familiar with four of them: the Atari 2600, the Atari 7800, the Sega Genesis, and the Sega Game Gear. Naturally I checked them out and even the big boys are here. Titles like Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man, Golden Axe, Shadowrun, and more are here and ready for you to play them in your browser. It's a fantastic moment in the gaming hobby when you can find so many classic games - long since out of production and abandoned to time - available to play again. So check out the Console Living Room and discover some new games you've never even heard of, and rediscover some of your favorites from yesterday!

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