The Internet Archive now houses more than 10,000 Amiga programs and games

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9 August 2016 | 0

The Internet Archive is full of surprises.The group recently added a huge trove of Amiga games and programs to its collection, bringing the total to more than 10,000. Even better: It’s all available to you for playback and use in your browser. The non-profit library of digital culture first added Amiga software to its catalog in 2013.

The size and scope of the new collection compared to what was added in 2013 isn’t quite clear, but there’s a lot of new stuff that was only recently added – and an overwhelming amount of it games. Archivist Jason Scott unofficially announced the new Amiga collection late last week on Twitter. An official announcement about what, exactly, the new collection contains should be coming soon.

You can run almost all of the content right in your browser thanks to a JavaScript Amiga emulator called ScriptedAmigaEmulator by Rupert Hausberger (naTmeg on GitHub).

As this is a library, you are not limited to just playing these games in your browser. You can also download the original files and use them on your PC with an appropriate emulator.

Computer history is still an emerging discipline and probably isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. As we saw with the end of GeoCities in 2009, when a popular piece of digital culture disappears it often means we completely lose access to it. That’s a concern as more of what we do ends up stored on computers. Attempts to preserve items like games and popular applications is not only great for nostalgia, but serves as a record of what personal computers were like 10, 20, or 30 years ago.

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