For all of the massive advancement made in gaming over the last few decades, there is something about the relative simplicity of older Atari or even Super Nintendo games that have been hard to replicate with games that are as complex and as immersive as most modern day computer and video games are. The good news is that older gamers or young fans looking to hook into something retro have plenty of opportunity to hook into a gaming time machine and play many of these games – or at least excellent replicas of them – online.

Better yet, the so-called democracy of the internet means that along with games like Tetris or a Super Mario Brothers clone, you can just as easily play digital versions of your favourite board games or even have a pitch-perfect virtual replica of an old slot machine at a site like It’s a wide, wide world wide web out there and the options are virtually unlimited.

And it’s not even simple java games or independently developed mobile apps that provide a veritable smorgasbord of classic gaming experiences. You can even get the real thing from a major digital service like Steam, which allows you to play old computer games for a modest price. Whether you’re in the mood for an old fashioned space-flight simulator like LucasArt’s or blasting Nazis in Wolfenstein 3D, all you need is a working internet connection and a couple of bucks in change to get a chance to play some of the very best PC games from decades past.

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If you’re looking for classic console games like the vast library that made the Nintendo Entertainment System (the NES) or its even better and more popular followup the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (the SNES), as can be found at even that’s possible in this age of broadband internet and pop-culture awareness. Newer Nintendo systems like the Wii and its ever advancing followups give you the option to stream any of the company’s classic titles right to your current console.

Older games have such a huge following, in fact, that you can see their obvious influences on such addictive modern games as Candy Crush and the approximately 3001 versions of Angry Birds. Foregoing the immersive 3D graphics and complex gameplay of most moden consoles like or PC/ Mac games, these games feature brightly coloured, often simple graphics and mercilessly addictive pick-up-and-play gameplay that has millions of users throughout the world returning to them over and over and over again.

Whether you’re looking for new takes on old games, free clones of old games or those old games themselves, it’s a great time to be a retro gamer. After all, there may be something to be said about getting lost in the incredibly immersive world of the Arkham games but sometimes what you’re really looking for is just a a side-scrolling smash-em-up like Batman Returns for the SNES instead. How great is it, then, that you no longer have to choose.