Now you can play practically any classic video game ever made, all in your browser


By web gangsta | Published:

Remember how excited you were a couple of years ago when Web Watch told you about the ATARI ARCADE website, where you could play any number of classic Atari games online?

How would you like something a little better?  It’s not quite Minecraft, but its pretty darn close.

Atari 2600
Atari 2600

Look, we all know that home video games before the Playstation and Nintendo systems came out were pretty darn bad.

But it’s all we had, and they were fun!  These games may not have looked great, but some have become classics in their own right, such as ATARI’S ADVENTURE.

So why don’t you pull up a few chairs next to your desk with your young kids, and give them a little history lesson about how BAD VIDEO GAMES WERE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER by showing them the INTERNET ARCHIVE’S “CONSOLE LIVING ROOM featuring in-browser playable versions of games from the following systems:

  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 7800
  • Colecovision
  • Magnavox Odyssey 2
  • Astrocade
  • Sega SG-1000
  • Emerson Arcadia
  • Sega Master System
  • Fhannel F

And a few more.

The Atari 2600 catalog has over 500 games listed for play (or viewing) as of this writing. Some, such as ADVENTURE, are not available for playback.

But others, like the infamously NWSF CUSTER’S REVENGE, are listed.  Hey, you can’t get any better than PITFALL. Making it into a first-person running game on an iPad doesn’t make the original any less fun than it was.  Other game? Well — try explaining ET to your kids someday.

Look at how far we’ve come since 8-bit games were the rage.Kinda makes you wish we never grew up, doesn’t it?

BUT WAIT — THAT’S NOT ALL!!!!!!!

Now that you’ve gotten used to how the HOME VIDEO GAMES used to be, your next stop is to visit the INTERNET ARCHIVE COIN-OP ARCADE, featuring classic coin-op video arcade games – all also playable in your browser.

Here’s where you can find some cool stuff, with no need to purchase a $4000 MAME machine from the local home arcade guy.  Practically all the good ones are here:

  • Mr Do
  • I, Robot
  • Outrun
  • Karate Champ
  • Tutanhham
  • Zaxxon

Yeah, we just lost you for the rest of the day, haven’t we?  It’s okay – it’s not going to cost you a quarter for every play like it used to.  Go out there and get ’em, champ…