Everybody and their grandmother is into building their own video game emulator these days. I’m ‘into it’ as well, but honestly, when it comes down to brass tacks, finding the time to fiddle with MAME or RetroPI makes it all sound so daunting.
A friend of mine actually build a retro arcade, and it looks sweet! But it probably took him a number or weeks, and I guarantee you he made it before he had kids. Of course it doesn’t help that I have two left hands when it comes to actually buiding things, or that I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to reading up on the coding for Raspberry PI.
So, if you’re lazy like me, and need a quick ‘retro fix’ then the Internet Arcade is the place for you. It’s a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s. The games are emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package.
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.
Presently there are over 900 games available to play, but they don’t all work perfectly. Vector games don’t work as they should, and scaling is broken on a number of titles. There’s also a few games with unusual control mappings making them very hard, if not impossible to play properly. But still, there are enough that work to let you relive your childhood right in your browser.
Interested? Then check it out!