In a world cluttered with every imaginable virtual reality-based video game you can think of: from the alter-ego induced reality of the Sims to the real-time online interactive phenomenon of World of Warcraft, one can only escape the hyper-stimulation of these “reality” games by seeking out the retro games of yesteryear. With the ever-growing hype that is already flooding the cyber airspace of the upcoming Disney reboot, “Tron: Legacy”, more and more gamers are hungry for the satisfaction that can only come from seeking out those rare video games – those gems of the good old days – and in doing so, what could have cost you a dime or a two in a bin at the local gaming shop can now cost you a pretty penny on eBay.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your retro game Emulator ROMs fix for less than the latest PlayStation releases go for. You just have to know where to look. Some companies have specifically made it their mission to bring back those games of old. One said company is Opcode who specifically releases old ColecoVision games such as “Yie Ar Kung-Fu” and “Road Fighter”. Including more popular games such as “Space Invaders” and “Pac-Man”, these individual games can cost you around $40 (and you have to have a working ColecoVision game system to play the games), so if you are looking for something even more inexpensive, there are other channels you can consider.
MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is readily available online for free and once you understand how to download the program and its corresponding game “ROMs”, you can experience all the old games that you remember playing at the local roller rink or bowling alley, but now without having to have pockets full of quarters. MAME utilizes the actual programs from the original stand-up video game systems and gives you a nearly perfect representation on images and sounds – those blips and beeps that will awaken the retro gamer inside each and every one of us.
Of course, if you are devoted to the game systems of today, you can still play many retro games on the Wii and PlayStation, most of which have been refitted with updates and extras you wouldn’t be able to find on the old games. But for those hardcore retro fans, playing these games in the original format may not be an option but with the vast resources available online, you can easily play these rare video games on your own computer or even on the original game systems (if you still have them) and not have to pay the high dollar price tag that comes with most video games today.