The 900 Game Internet Arcade Is Here and FREE
Sweet bag o’ tokens and quarters they’ve done it! A new website called The Internet Arcade has compiled a host of 900 old old OLD school arcade games for mass consumption. Set as a collection of arcade games from the 70’s to the 90’s this collection has a number of games that even many retro or arcade gurus may have even overlooked or never played!
Even though I love my Tales of the Arcade memories has a host of popular games and moments, even that pales in comparison to the pew pew overload of such classics as Burger TIme, Berzerk, Arkanoid, Bionic Commando, Crystal Castles, Mr. Do, Outrun, Golden Axe, Commando, Kung Fu Master, Street Fighter 2, Up N Down, Time Pilot, Tron, Yie Ar Kung Fu, and so many more!
The master user who compiled it all Jason Scott, even went to his weblog to announce the release of all of these games (for free mind you) on his site in hopes of something interesting:
“Obviously, a lot of people are going to migrate to games they recognize and ones that they may not have played in years. 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.
And my hope is that a handful, a probably tiny percentage, will begin plotting out ways to use this stuff in research, in writing, and remixing these old games into understanding their contexts. Time will tell.”
Giving this amount of games to the public will hopefully inspire that 1% of people who will then take the experience and develop new games or remix these games or simply be inspired to continue along the path of quality game development. As he said, only time will tell.