Enjoy Classic Games From The Comfort Of Your Browser


By: Stephen Crane (Photo: Flickr user Xabi)

Sometimes the best games are those that take us down memory lane. It's also hard to find those old games anymore unless you either already own them in working condition or you want to go hunting through bargain bins, used game stores or flea markets. Fortunately there is a pretty strong community out there looking to enjoy these games of old at their computers.

Fortunately Java and HTML 5 platforms offer excellent emulator platforms which can be used across operating systems and browsers. So long as you don't delete your cookies or browser history, the games safe reliably.

I tried compiling a list of the best in-browser emulators. Unfortunately, almost all of the in-browser emulators are Nintendo-based systems. I ouldn't find anything for either the Sega Master System or the Sega Genesis.

Anyway, here are some of the best emulators I found. When it comes to reliability and a decent selection of games, I actually found the virtual Console websites to be the best. They have NES, GBX and SNES. What's great about these is that they have the official games that came out on the systems and also sometimes have homebrew ROMs available to play.

Another GBX emulator that I enjoyed was the JS Gameboy Color Game Center. It has a relatively small selection of games but I loved the GBC screen in the browser. And hey, it has all of the important games to play.

Keep in mind that piracy is still quite illegal. These websites technically fall quite heavily into the realm of piracy. Normally I'm against pirated games, but let's be honest: playing them for free isn't hurting the developers. The systems and games aren't being printed or made anymore. The only ways to find them are if you have them in working order, find them in used game stores or find them at flea markets. Any money you spend on them doesn't go to the people who worked on the games. So play away and enjoy the nostalgia of decades ago!

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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