Start the new year with a play-through of gaming's roots

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2014 is the year that will see the heyday of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, but as the new generation of consoles takes root, you might want to take a gander at where gaming began. The Internet Archive, usually concerned with preserving only a smattering of iconic software programs, has recently opened up its Console Living Room so that you can play through the very beginning of console gaming.

Every single game for console classics like the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision have been put online for your enjoyment. Everything from Air-Sea Battle to the original Double Dragon is in attendance and can be played for free through your browser. The only exceptions to that rule are games made by obscure makers or which require bizarre controllers.

Internet Archive curator Jason Scott recollects the classic games with a bit of a smirk, saying "a new generation of people are going to discover how horrible some of these games were." Right as he might be, there are literally hundreds of these simple, classic games to choose from, with more still to come. The games are currently silent, but sound is on the way for the in-browser emulator. For the time being, pop on your own (way better) tunes and take a low-res walk through video gaming's humble beginnings.

Console Living Room, via The Verge

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