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The Internet Arcade has put up 900 popular retro coin-op games for fans to play in their browsers FREE. From Pac-man to Q*bert - they're all there!

You can't beat the feel of an old-fashioned arcade machine, trying to extend the gameplay and lay claim to the highest score. The problem with arcade machines is that they take up a lot of space and you can really drain your budget acquiring the machines or feeding endless quarters into them.

Internet Archive Arcade

It's not quite the same, but you can still get an arcade thrill by heading over to the Internet Archive for its freshly launched Internet Arcade.

The Internet Arcade comes stocked with hundreds of games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s re-created through the JSMESS emulator to run on Web browsers. The offerings range from familiar games like Super Pac-Man, Q*bert and Street Fighter II to more obscure titles like Spiders, Sky Kid and The Three Stooges (a game from 1984).

Not every game in the Internet Arcade is going to give you a winning gameplay experience. There are some glitches that have cropped up with some of the titles. "Vector games are an issue, scaling is broken for some..." writes programmer Jason Scott.

Don't let that deter you though. Plenty of the games are fantastic and work just fine in the browser environment, though you'll have to get used to a new style of controls, especially if you once played these games on real arcade machines.

This isn't the first time the Internet Archive has tapped into the reservoir of gaming nostalgia. At the end of last year, it unveiled the Console Living Room, an extensive pool of both classic and obscure '80s video games.

The sheer massiveness of the Internet Arcade will keep you busy, probably for years. A good place to start is with the archive's collection of suggested games on the main page that should all run well in a good updated browser.