Video games have changed drastically since they were first introduced. The simplest games have been around since the late 1940s but video gaming as a popular pastime did not really reach its peak until the 1980s. During this time, many arcade style games like Pac-Man and Frogger became very popular. Many view Pac-Man as the very first video game ever and most of this is because it was the most popular game of its time. Not only was it a game that boys enjoyed, girls were playing as well and the introduction of Ms. Pac-Man just a few years later really got the female population into video gaming.
While video games today are considerably different in their design, gaming systems and even the characters that are involved, many still enjoy playing older games. There are a number of 80’s games that are still highly popular today and many of these can be played online or downloaded to your current gaming system. If you enjoy older games, there are a few that you should certainly have in your gaming arsenal.
Centipede is perhaps one of the most popular video games of all time. Introduced as an arcade game in the early 1980’s, this game quickly became a favorite all over the world. The goal of Centipede is to shoot the centipede as it moves across the screen. There are various different versions of the popular game available and this original Atari classic can be enjoyed online at many different gaming sites. You can also find it available for download on popular systems that offer internet capabilities.
Gauntlet is another popular old game. The game was released in the mid-1980s and the concept was very similar to World of Warcraft. This was a multi-player game, one of the first of its kind in fact and allowed up to four different people to play all at once. Each player could choose between Merlin, Thor, Thyra or Questor and each character had a different plot and function. There were various strengths and weaknesses for each character as well which added to the overall plot of the game. A narrator gave helpful tips throughout the game so that players would remember how to perform certain tasks and which things to avoid while playing. Many believe that Gauntlet is the idea that led to many dungeons and dragons type games of today.
Finally, virtually everyone who has ever played video games will remember Super Mario Brothers. This classic was introduced in 1985 as an arcade game but was also bundled with the first Nintendo gaming system that was released. Super Mario Bros gave way to a host of other Mario themed games that brought Nintendo high on the list of best gaming systems. Mario All-Stars, Mario Cart and various other games are still found today in newer versions that are compatible with the popular Nintendo Wii.
Whether one of these is your favorite old game or you have another, there is a good chance that you can play those traditional games on your current system. Check out your local or favorite online game store or look at the downloads that are available for your system to see what old games you can play.