Thanks to the Internet Archive everyone now has a place to go to play all of their favorite old school arcade and console games, the Internet Arcade. With over 900 old arcade games, there is something for everyone. There are plenty of games that I had no idea what I was looking at, but also snuck in there are classics like Street Fighter, Defender, and my personal favorite BurgerTime. It’s been said that some of the games have issues, but in my extremely limited testing, they all seemed to work fine. Just make sure you aren’t in an active mumble channel and have your alt key bound to talk when you try to play. There is a good chance you will be messaged asking wtf you are doing.
Just the internet arcade was enough for me to become excited and decide that’s what I was going to write about today. Granted as you can probably see, it might have been a stretch to turn this into a full post without spending a lot more time trying the games. But as I was casually looking around trying to find more cool things to add to the story, I found something else that just made the deal so much better. Not only does the Internet Archive have over 900 arcade games to play through emulation now, but it also apparently has tons of old school console games from some of the old greats and not so heard of beginnings on the Console Living Room.
Not it doesn’t have any Nintendo consoles, but it’s easy enough to find those on any rom site out there. Instead it has games from some of the classics like the Sega Genesis, and Atari 2600. But it also has some lesser known systems like the Bandai Super Vision 8000 and the Mega Duck WG-108. I still hope that someday they get a Virtual Boy emulator so I can tape a box to my monitor to look into and play it just like the real thing. Nothing is better then ruining your eyes looking at bad red vector graphics for too long and getting horrible headaches.