The Internet Archive has added 2,500 new classic video games to its library. From now on, titles such as Alone in the Dark or The Elder Scrolls: Redguard are available free of charge from its website.
This is “the biggest update to date,” and includes titles ranging from “small recent independent productions to prominent releases long forgotten for decades,” The Internet Archive explains in a statement.
The available games are titles from the 80s and 90s that were once played on PCs in MS-DOS, such as Alone in the Dark, The Elder Scrolls: Redguard or The Secret of Monkey Island. These games can be played for free from the Internet Archive’s own website, without having to download them.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that constitutes a digital library. Its birth, by the hand of Brewster Kahle, dates back to 1996. His project sought to give the public “universal access to all knowledge”. For six years, he privately archived more than 10 billion web pages, from ‘GeoCities’ centers to Titanic movie reviews.
For 22 years it has been preserving online history: millions of websites, tuits, news, videos and memes, among others. In its archive can be found a total of 330 billion web pages, 20 million books and texts, 4.5 million voice recordings (including 180,000 live concerts), 4 million videos (including 1.6 million television news programs), 3 million images and 200,000 software programs.
They work with more than 450 libraries and other partners to identify the most important websites. The initiative is powered by private donations from its users, which last year amounted to more than $6 million.