If you were looking for something else to do today other than work, eat or sleep, we have good news: the Internet Arcade has launch, along with 900 playable classic games.
The new archive is totally legal, thanks to the work of Archive.org. They’ve collated the games, which stretch from the 1970s to the early 1990s, in an effort to preserve gaming culture and access to emulated versions of transformative, easily forgotten gems.
You can play the games in-browser, or download them to run later.
“The Arcade provides research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade,” says the Archive.
“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 behavior or programming due to the intensity and requirements of their systems.”
If you have the time, we recommend simply trawling through and clicking on games at random – there is so much to enjoy here, you’ll probably find something you like.
However, we’ve also picked out of favourites – check out our selections below.