So one of the many reasons I’ve not been updating this here site nearly as often as she deserves is because Top Management, bless her heart, foolishly forwarded me a couple links she’d been sent. Turns out the links were to a whole mess o’ classic arcade games, like Space Invaders, Centipede, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Joust, Qbert, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and so on.
Naturally, I got nothing done for two flippin’ days. But I did find myself having dreams of leaping over barrels and climbing girders in a vain attempt to rescue the girl from a big monkey. Thank God it only has the first screen; had it more I’d probably have died of starvation by now.
Wouldn’t you think she’d know better after all these years?
Anyhoo, in order to share the wealth/love/pain, here are some of the links. If you don’t find the game that you loved oh so much when you were young and restless and bored and living by the sword, trying Googling; you'll be amazed and (later) horrified by how many you’ll find.
Start here, as this one has a ton to choose from, including Tetris, which has invaded not just my dreams but my every waking moment.
This one isn’t a classic, just one we stumbled across, but it’s pretty durn good.
There’s also a perfect recreation of the old Adventure game for the original Atari 2600 which doesn’t hold the same appeal for me as the others because I was a neglected child who never had an Atari or Colecovision or any of that stuff as my parents didn’t love me.
Top Management’s parents loved her, though, so she had an Atari, and upon gazing for the first time in well over twenty years at the Adventure game, she said her heart actually began to pound, remembering how the dragons in the game would chase you as soon as you tried to grab the gold key. I watched her play it and it was a thing of beauty, how her always-lovely face positively glowed as she revisited a beloved childhood friend.
If you didn’t experience back in those days of yore, however, the game comes across as just shockingly lame, so I’m not bothering to include it here. You’ve got Google. Find it yourself, you lazy bastards.