Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Old Arcade Games, in your Browser

I don't have much time today, so I'll just say a few quick words about old video games.

First, they are awesome. I don't care how many polygons you have, I still like BurgerTime better. Video games didn't used to be all about graphics and controllers with 35 buttons. Pac-Man didn't have any buttons, just a stick. It didn't need anything else. That's the sign of a good game.

Second, you can now play them in your web browser. YES! The Internet Archive has just opened the Internet Arcade, where you can play thousands of classic arcade games in a JavaScript implementation of MAME. Sound doesn't seem to work, probably because JavaScript can't really play sounds (yet) but it's still pretty good.

I recommend:

Frogger
BurgerTime
Dig Dug
But feel free to find your own favorite in the extensive collection!

Amphibian.com comic for 5 November 2014