If you enjoy playing retro arcade games then a new website called The Internet Arcade, might be worth a visit as it now contains over 900 classic arcade games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, that are all available to play for free within your browser.
The games are run using the JSMAME game emulator so you will need to forgive some games for not playing exactly as intended, however there are plenty available and they are all free to play thanks to the efforts of the non-profit archival organisation The Internet Archive.
Titles available to play include classics such as Galaga, Burger Time, Q*Bert, Defender and Tron. Jason Scott Internet Arcade curator explains a little more about the selection of games available to play.
“The game collection ranges from early “bronze-age” videogames, with black and white screens and simple sounds, through to large-scale games containing digitized voices, images and music. Most games are playable in some form, although some are useful more for verification of behaviour or programming due to the intensity and requirements of their systems.
Of the roughly 900 arcade games (yes, nine hundred arcade games) up there, some are in pretty weird shape,”-“Vector games are an issue, scaling is broken for some, and some have control mechanisms that are just not going to translate to a keyboard or even a joypad.”
“But damn if so many are good enough. More than good enough,”-“In the right browser, on a speedy machine, it almost feels perfect. The usual debates about the ‘realness’ of emulation come into play, but it works.”
For more information on the new Internet Arcade jump over to the Archive website for details.
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