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Our family has been playing video games since the original “Pong” first came out about 1975.  It was as basic as basic can get – you bounced a ball between two paddles.  The End.

To make it more exciting, Motorola included a few screens we could tape to our television set.  One of the screens had us direct the “ball” down a ski slope.  If we took the plastic diagram off, we could see it was still “Pong” underneath.

SpaceInvadersThe children have played them all ever since.  Our oldest boy was one of millions this last Christmas who could not sign on with his new Playstation.  It seems too many players had the same gift, and the network crashed from overload.

Another son helps run a video arcade in Indianapolis.

We have seen the games and their different platforms come and go, from Atari to  Nintendo.

Several years ago, one of our religious leaders admitted he was addicted to “Space Invaders.”  He tried to convince us in a public meeting that it has some sort of spiritual significance, but he lost me along the way.

Personally, I was totally lost when “Doom” came out.  It was great fun to zap the monsters, but I just couldn’t remember the maze!

WARNING – IF YOU HAVE ANY GAMERS IN YOUR FAMILY, DON’T LET THEM READ ANY FURTHER!  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

You can now play nearly 2,400 MS-DOS video games in your browser

By Abby Ohlheiser January 5 Washington Post

Nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games are now available to play — for free — in almost any browser on the Internet Archive. Meaning: A lot of people of a certain generation . . . are once again able to play the games they played over and over and over again as kids.

. . . . . Although this isn’t the first time some of these games have made it into a playable browser format, the Internet Archive’s undertaking is an unprecedented work of interactive preservation. In addition to simply posting a best-shot attempt at emulating the game experience in a browser, software curator Jason Scott is soliciting feedback on what does and doesn’t work for users as more and more people explore the software archives.

Scott wrote: “I really worked hard to have only fully-functioning programs up, or at least, programs that gave viable, useful feedback. Some of them will still fall over and die, and many of them might be weird to play in a browser window, and of course you can’t really save things off for later, and that will limit things too. But on the whole, you will experience some analogue of the MS-DOS program, in your browser, instantly.”

(Games include Digger, Pac-Man (and variations), Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein, Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers, ad infinitum)

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.  CLICK THIS LINK ONLY IF YOU DARE!

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