The Internet Arcade is a non-profit organisation that works hard to archive movies, music books, websites and games, and Joystiq reports that they’ve just added over 900 classic arcade games to their collection. That means games that came out for actual arcades back in the 1980s and 90s – you know, those cabinet things that people over 30 remember gobbling up their pocket money.

All 900+ games are entirely playable in a modern browser, they support gamepads and can be played for free. Included in the line-up are classics like Out Run, Street Fighter II, Bionic Command and that all-time favourite, Qbert, along with a massive number that I don’t even recognise.

All games can be played within your favourite browser (the site recommends Firefox) or downloaded separately and run within an emulator, but honestly doing it all from a browser is far easier as it does everything for you. Games can be played in a tiny window, or full screen for that proper pixelated experience. They’re not all perfect, and you will likely encounter a few bugs and glitches along the way, but at least you’re not paying 20c/R2/R5 a go for the pleasure.

Jason Scott, one of the developers who worked on the project, wrote a very nice introductory blog post saying how surprisingly easy it was to get the games up and running, and that he hopes people will try out new games that they may have missed during their childhood.

If you’re bored at work and want to give something new (or old) a try, head over to the Internet Archive now. Good luck choosing which one to start with!

[Source – Joystiq]