Move over, Nintendo: PlayStation can play the mini console game, too. Retrogaming has existed since the early years of the video game industry, but was popularized with the popularity of the Internet and emulation technology. Konbo Arcade Cafe in Edinburgh offers classic arcade machines and believes a good game never goes out of style.
Far from it. While it's getting more difficult to find a bargain for the Mega Drive or Super Famicom - especially if you're after the more sought-after titles - it's still possible to find an obscure classic if you're patient and seek out the best deals.
This list contains the best games released on any system (arcade, home consoles, portable devices) from the 1960s through the year 2000 (which for this list would be considered the start of the "modern era" of gaming.) This includes all the essential games from the era of the arcade, as well as the original 8-bit consoles and their 16-bit follow-ups.
The Sony PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the original PlayStation that comes with 20 preloaded "generation-defining" games, will arrive on Dec. If you're the kind of gamer who thinks the industry was at its best before motion-sensing controls and other bells and whistles, browse the retro games at to rediscover your favorite titles from a simpler time.
It's tough to find great sites that allow you to play games in your browser without having to install Adobe Flash Retro Games Online has a great HTML5 player that loads quickly and feels responsive. The exhibition is complemented by a cross selection of home computers and video game consoles as well as assorted print, music and video media.
I think people get WAY too caught up in focusing on making sure they'll still have the ability to play their game in 30 years time, ignoring the fact they probably won't even want to play it again, or if they do, there will be better ways to play it.
Give your mum or dad a PS4 controller and if they're anything like mine they'll spend half the time playing the game looking down, attempting in vain to remember where all the buttons are. Once you own attic dwellers one, you can plug in just about any classic console, from an Atari 2600 to a Nintendo GameCube.