Sometimes, the older some things are the better they are.  And maybe the thing in question actually attains to the status of classic and once that status has been achieved, the price goes through the roof and the laws of supply and demand become  more prominent.

Video gaming has been around for many years now and the field has grown from a small minority into a multi billion pound a year industry.  The guys over at the Internet Archive, in addition to cataloguing the Internet, have launched a new project called Console Living Room that will let gamers play classic console video games online directly in a web browser and the best part is that the games are available to play legally, as their respective intellectual property protections have expired. So just because you can no longer get your hands upon an Atari games system, doesn’t mean you can’t play it’s games!

Classsic Atari in Your Browser

However, gamers shouldn’t expect PlayStation and Xbox titles to appear in the list of available games just yet, at least not for the time being, as the list of games only includes titles for the Atari 2600, the Atari 7800 ProSystem, the Astrocade system, the ColecoVision, and the Magnavox Odyssey system.

For people to play the games, users will just have to click on the screenshot/link of a chosen game, which will then run in the browser window by making use of the JSMESS emulator system, the only thing missing from them (and this is a bad news for hardcore gamers) is sound support, but this feature will be added in the future.

Currently, in the classic video games collection, there are nearly 1000 titles that were once launched for the systems above and can now be played free of charge in a browser on any modern system capable of accessing them.  Enjoy.

[Image via vyagers]