A few days ago, the Internet Archive added a new section to their site called the Historic Software Collection –
‘Welcome to the Historical Software Collection
This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software)’
There’s only a few titles added to the collection at the moment (since checking, they’ve now added even more), but even still, I’ve just had a fun few hours reading about them and then going on to play some of the games directly from within my web browser. Web based computer emulation has been out for ages, but I’m liking how the Internet Archive has used this technology to accompany each article. I’m even playing E.T.!
So far, the collection includes –
Karateka – Apple II
Akalabeth – Apple II – I’ve really been enjoying this one.
The Hobbit – ZX Spectrum
Choplifter – Apple II
E.T. – Atari 2600
Elite – ZX Spectrum
Pac-Man 4K – Atari 2600
Microsoft Adventure – DOS
High-Res Adventure #1 – Apple II
Pitfall – Atari 2600
Chuckie Egg – ZX Spectrum (an absolute classic).
Lemonade Stand – Apple II
KC Munchkins – Philips Videopac/Odyssey 2
Pac-Man – Atari 2600
Rocky Boots – Apple II
Chess – TRS Colour Computer
Adventure #1 – Adventure International
Jet Set Willy – ZX Spectrum
Mega Bug – TRS -80
Silicon Salad – Apple II
The Designers Pencil – I can’t seem to get this one working though.
Smurf Rescue – Colecovision
Knight Lore – ZX Spectrum (another cracking game)
Castle Wolfenstein – Apple II (maze)
School Daze – ZX Spectrum
Here’s the link – https://archive.org/details/historicalsoftware