Sunday, March 18, 2018

Internet Archive's new handheld collection lets you play video games that were lost to time

Internet Archive's new handheld collection lets you play video games that were lost to time: "Tiger Electronics. Coleco. Konami. Bandai.

These are all familiar publishers for gamers from the '80s. Back in the days when Nintendo's biggest competitor in the living room was Atari, the handheld market was dominated by battery-operated LCD games.

Now, many of those games live on, thanks to the Internet Archive.

The digital library's ongoing efforts to preserve old games and software — a process that began around four years ago — have now given us the Handheld History Collection. The lineup of games, tabletop machines, and board games covers products released over a big stretch of time, from the 1970s into the 1990s.

It's a collection that includes roughly 60 titles, from names you know — like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong — to games that you've probably never heard of. Did you know, for example, that Tiger released a handheld MC Hammer game at one point? Or that Q*Bert's tabletop arcade release has a very different look?"

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