“The Internet Archive is an indispensable resource for web users, backing up websites and documents and providing copies of historical software, such as the earliest home console and arcade games,” Andrew Liptak reports for The Verge. “Now, there’s a new collection that should delight anyone who grew up in the 1980s: an entire cache of Macintosh programs that you can play right in your browser.”
“Earlier today, the site released a new software library: emulated programs from Macintosh computers dating from 1984 through 1989,” Liptak reports. “The best part is that you can emulate the programs right in your browser.”
Liptak writes, “It’s a great way to remember computers from long ago, or to get a feel for what the user experience was like if you weren’t around for them.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As The Internet Archive states so succinctly:
“Simple, powerful and a new path in computing, the Macintosh’s graphics-based operating system changed the face of computing permanently.”
The Macintosh Software Library is here.
Direct link to Lode Runner here. 😉
OMG! The time I wasted playing Lode Runner, Airborne and Fusillade on my Mac Plus. Believe it or not I still have those titles on floppy disk along with a bunch of others. I haven’t booted up my Mac Plus in a few years although I’m sure it is still capable. It sure does bring back some good memories. I wonder if any of my floppy disks are bootable by now. I stupidly tossed my external double-sided floppy disk player and now I have only the one in my Mac Plus. I had most of my software on a SuperMac DataFrame 20 drive but that gave up the ghost nearly 20 years ago. The bearings had slowly failed and it got hotter and hotter until the bearings completely froze. I used that thing for so many years. I paid almost $700 for that 20MB drive and definitely got my money’s worth (as weird as that may seem).
I hope I get a chance to mess with some of that online software with the emulator just for old times’ sake.
Sure hope you don’t have to copy one of those disk.
Oh man, where’s Strategic Conquest?? That’s the game that tempted me to buy a Mac in the first place…
Can anyone recommend an emulator that’ll run on OS X, so I can run these programs without a browser?
Where is Dinosaur Safari? 🙁
I really miss playing Submarine on my Mac Plus way, way back in the early nineties. I wish to hell I could still play that game. It seems to have disappeared down a software black hole as I can’t find it anywhere.