Best of the Web: Internet Archive

Best of the Web: Internet Archive

History in your Internet browser

The Internet Archive is a non-profit online library that loads right in your Internet browser. It gives you access to millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and a whole heap more. It is a phenomenal resource that:

…provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books.


Internet Archive
Some of the greatest games of all time can be played here

Probably the area that would interest most of you who visit Versus Player would be the comprehensive software section that contains a massive amount of old games. These range from PC games, classic consoles to arcade titles. There are also classic demos and other bits of software related to games. All are played in browser!

Amongst the real classic video games are mods (DOOM anyone), skins, map packs, shareware… you name it. Plus, you can check out fan made games for classic systems, including Atari 2600: Halo 2600.

Halo 2600
Jono would have played a lot more Atari

There are classic gaming systems on hand, including ColecoVision, Atari 2600, Apple Family Computer and the Sega Genesis. Plus, there is a whole multitude of very obscure systems that you can check out games for, including Watara Supervision, The Fairchild Channel F, Epoch Super Cassette Vision and the super cool sounding, Super A’Can (I’m hoping the slogan for this gem was “Who can? Super A’Can!”).

I can’t stress enough the enormity of this archive. I’ve been visiting the site for years trying random things and revisiting games from my past.

You can check out Internet Archive here.

Internet Archive
I played way too much Paperboy back in the day

Here at Versus Player we love everything nerdy and want to share with you some of our favourite things on the Internet. Best of the Web is an ongoing series where we do exactly that.

If you liked this you might like one of our other practical previous Best of the Web picks, Halo Waypoint and Halopedia, because you can never have too much Halo.

Happy (pretty much limitless) gaming!