Internet Archive Lets You Go Retro For Free With These Arcade Gaming Classics In A Browser

If you have been itching to play some classic arcade games, then consider that itch scratched. The Internet Arcade has made around 900 classic arcade games from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s available for free to play in your web browser.

The games use the JavaScript Multi Emulator Super System (JSMESS) software package that allows everyone to play the games in an internet browser. To make this possible required “months of testing, refinement, improvements, and efforts,” according to Jason Scott, one of the team members who worked on the JSMESS.

However, not all of the emulated games will run smoothly or are fully playable. Some games, which employed more exotic controls, haven’t translated well to the keyboard layout. Other games, which have vector graphics, will have trouble rendering and additional games may have sound issues.

However, it is still an amazing achievement to bring so many classic games for free to the public.

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“Obviously, a lot of people are going to migrate to games they recognize and ones that they may not have played in years,” said Scott in a blog post. “They’ll do a few rounds, probably get their asses kicked, smile, and go back to their news sites. A few more, I hope, will go towards games they’ve never heard of, with rules they have to suss out, and maybe more people will play some of these arcades in the coming months than the games ever saw in their “real” lifetimes.”

Some of the arcade games that have been emulated include Tron, Galaga, Ghouls N Ghosts, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Kung-Fu Master, and Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator.

What emulated arcade games are you looking forward to playing?