If you grew up in the golden age of video arcades, or if you’ve only read about it, it’s easy to think that for every Pac-Man or Donkey Kong there are hundreds of games that have gone practically extinct, rendered obscure and forgotten by a few measly decades. And while that’s definitely true, it’s a little less true now that The Internet Arcade exists.
The Internet Arcade is a library of 900 coin-operated video games that you can play emulations of on your browser. It’s a product of the invaluable Internet Archive, and the aim of the project is to provide users a historical library of titles ranging from the iconic to the obscure. But since these are video games we’re talking about, you can have a pretty addictive time “studying” this particular part of our recent cultural history.
You can check out The Internet Arcade here, but beware: You could use big chunks of time exploring the available games before you know it, so you might want to make sure you’re caught up at work first. Or not.