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More Than 600 Old School Apple II Games Are Now Free to Play Online

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Once upon a time when Apple II computers were all the rage, games were stored on copy-protected floppy disks. The computers were discontinued decades ago and the games have all but died with them, but according to Popular Mechanics, one retro gaming hero is working to preserve as much of the throwback catalog as possible, making each game playable via an Internet browser.

Operating under the name 4am, the gamer finds the rare disks and removes the protection so that they can be digitized. Familiar titles including Frogger, Rampage, and Donkey Kong, and more obscure games like Stickybear Word Problems and Tommy the Time Telling Turtle are then uploaded to the Internet Archive where they can be enjoyed through a browser-based emulator called JSMESS. The most recent count for the 4am Collection sits at 642 titles, with more being added periodically. “With an agnostic approach to the disks being preserved,” archivist Jason Scott writes, “4am has brought to light many programs that fall almost into the realm of lore and legend, only existing as advertisements in old computer magazines or in catalog listings of computer stores long past.”

Click over to the Internet Archive to see which games are available now, and check back often to see what 4am adds next.

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[h/t Popular Mechanics]

 

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Mattel Unveils New Uno Edition for Colorblind Players
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On the heels of International Colorblind Awareness Day, Mattel, which owns Uno, announced it would be unveiling a colorblind-friendly edition of the 46-year-old card game.

The updated deck is a collaboration with ColorADD, a global organization for colorblind accessibility and education. In place of its original color-dependent design, this new Uno will feature a small symbol next to each card's number that corresponds with its intended primary color.

As The Verge points out, Mattel is not actually the first to invent a card game for those with colorblindness. But this inclusive move is still pivotal: According to Fast Co. Design, Uno is currently the most popular noncollectible card game in the world. And with access being extended to the 350 million people globally and 13 million Americans who are colorblind, the game's popularity is sure to grow.

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Lightning-Fast Teen Sets New Rubik’s Cube World Record
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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

But the teenager may not hold his new position at the top for very long: Expert Rubik's Cubers have been steadily lowering the speed record beneath the 5-second mark since 2015. And human competitors still have a long way to go before solving a cube in 0.887 seconds—that’s the record that was set by a robot in March of 2017.

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