Posted at 12:31 p.m., May 4, 2015

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Classic arcade games reborn

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With games such as "Prince of Persia," Pac-Man," "Street Fighter II" and "Disney's Aladdin," Archive.org gives each player the opportunity to go back in time and relive their childhood.

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Stuck in the office with nothing to do? Babysitting a child who needs to be kept busy? Or maybe it’s time to relieve the afternoons in the arcade after school.

Whatever the situation, have fun at Archive.org, the treasure trove of classic games emulated for the computer screen.

Play games like Street Fighter, Tetris, SimCity and Q*bert. Archive.org makes thousands of games available to the public for free. Under the software icon, users can choose between the Internet Arcade and the Console Living Room.

As it sounds, the “Internet Arcade is a Web-based library of arcade video games from the 1970s–1990s.”

While some of the games are a little difficult to play because of joystick controls not translating well to a keyboard, most of the games take the players back to a time when there was no Wi-Fi or smartphones and spaceships landed on the moon with less computing power than the standard iPhone.

Under the Console Living Room, users are able to choose from a variety of classic game systems like the Magnavox Odyssey 2, Coleco Colecovision and four different Sega consoles including the Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System and the Sega SG-1000. Dive into the world of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man from childhood or fight evil with the X-Men. In the Atari 2600 category, which boasts 521 games to play, dodge the barrels while trying to rescue the princess in Donkey Kong.

Who doesn’t remember the old MS-DOS games like The Oregon Trail, which teachers would allow their students to play when all their work was done? Under the MS-DOS section, with almost 3,500 games to play, adults and children can be kept distracted while playing the original SimCity and Prince or Persia for hours on end. And when one games starts to get boring, there is an infinite number of options to choose from.

As mentioned, some of the games are a little difficult to operate and don’t seem to work on mobile devices very well, but it is still worth it to jump on the computer and waste some time having fun.

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