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Internet Arcade: Here Are The 7 Classics To Play From The 900 Available

03/11/2014 11:57 GMT | Updated 03/11/2014 12:00 GMT

If you were looking for something else to do today other than work, eat or sleep, we have good news: the Internet Arcade has launch, along with 900 playable classic games.

The new archive is totally legal, thanks to the work of Archive.org. They've collated the games, which stretch from the 1970s to the early 1990s, in an effort to preserve gaming culture and access to emulated versions of transformative, easily forgotten gems.

You can play the games in-browser, or download them to run later.

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"The Arcade provides research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade," says the Archive.

"The game collection ranges from early "bronze-age" videogames, with black and white screens and simple sounds, through to large-scale games containing digitized voices, images and music. Most games are playable in some form, although some are useful more for verification of behavior or programming due to the intensity and requirements of their systems."

If you have the time, we recommend simply trawling through and clicking on games at random - there is so much to enjoy here, you'll probably find something you like.

However, we've also picked out of favourites - check out our selections below.

Lode Runner (1984)

This arcade version of the classic gold-collecting game compiles 24 remixed levels of the original game, and puts together an intense, colourful version of the game.

Millipede (1982)

Atari's sequel to Centipede sees you attempting to destroy an evil, rampaging bug as it moves to the bottom of the screen, and while it's never going to be as good with a keyboard (the original had a trackball) it's still frustrating fun.

Outrun (1986)

A stone-cold racing classic, Outrun saw you hitting the road with your blonde lady companion and traversing amazing, beautiful landscapes against the clock, for no very good reason.

Track and Field (1983)

It's telling that in the 30 years since Track and Field first hit arcades, athletics games are still pretty much using the same formula - button-bashing, timing-based games which are as easy to pick up as they are difficult to do more than once without exploding with sheer joy and frustration. The archive notes: "Because the game responded to repeatedly pressing the "run" buttons at high frequency, players of the arcade version resorted to various tricks such as rapidly swiping a coin or ping-pong ball over the buttons, or using a metal ruler which was repeated struck such that it would vibrate and press the buttons. As a result arcade operators reported high rates of damage to the buttons and later versions had modifications to prevent such actions."

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Return of the Jedi (1984)

This Atari arcade game actually isn't a tremendous game, but the raster graphics, isometric perspective and ability to let you drive three vehicles from the original movie is fantastic. It looks great and is a fun play (now that it won't cost you 50p to play it).

Ghouls 'N' Ghosts (1988)

This Japanese platform run-and-gun game is a fun and action-packed sequel to the more famous Ghosts 'n' Goblins, but now you can fire up (handy). The graphics are great and while the game is literally repetitive (you have to beat levels 1-5 twice to win) it's an enjoyable romp.

Frogger (1981)

You're a frog. You have to get across the road. This game is still genius.