Ways to play your favourite old games

Gaming is bigger than it has ever been and though there are hugely popular games available now there are still those of us who want the thrill of playing games form an era when games were made by pioneers who were passionate about them rather than massive corporations trying to milk as much as they can out of you and before the horrible word “franchise” was ever used to describe them. Read on if you want to learn how to relive the days when games were fun.

So, you want to get vintage gaming. What are your options?

Buy an emulator

Emulators allow one computer system to behave like and run the software of another. There are hundreds of emulators that you will be able to find online and a lot of them come supplied with games. Emulators allow you to play games on your existing system and with no loading time (perfect for ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 games.)


Buy an old computer

You can always trawl eBay or other second-hand sites for original computers. You might have to shop around, but you’ll be able to pick up a 486 PC or a Commodore Amiga somewhere, but make sure they’re working and remember you have to buy games to run them too.


Buy a retro compilation machine

There are various machines that offer retro games on the market. These tend to have a set amount of games available on them but offer stability and all the fun of the original games. They tend to bundle popular titles together, so if you’re only interested in the classics to play casually these are a good option. They also connect to modern TVs, so are easy to use. I have seen NES and SNES compilation machines as well as games compilations from across various platforms, so you should be able to find one that has the types of games you’re looking for on it.


Buy an original console

As with buying an original computer, you can also buy an original console. Remember that old consoles were designed to attach to CRT TVs, so you’ll probably need an HDMI upscaler adaptor or an old TV to get them working. A friend of mine has bought a GameCube, a SNES and a Mega Drive recently and managed to pick them up quite cheap. He also found a good deal on bundles of games to get himself started.


These are some of the ways you can get into old gaming. If you are looking for an emulator, I’ve found a free online DOS emulator (for old PC games) – https://classicreload.com/ where you can play old games for free. eBay is always a good place to look for old consoles and computers. If you’re looking for a compilation gaming machine I’ve found some great deals on vintage gaming compilation machines at Groupon, where you’ll find Nintendo and other manufacturers’ versions of their classic machines, preinstalled with a selection of games.

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