With COVID-19 lockdowns confining us to our homes, gaming has kept a lot of us sane during these crazy times. Whether you like to game on your PC or online, there are plenty of options available to keep you mentally stimulated.
If you played handheld games as a child, you can relive your childhood with emulators. These allow you to load up and play all the classics from the comfort of your couch. Emulators are software that emulates older game machines, such as the Gameboy. You install an emulator, either on your smartphone or your computer, and then you can download what are known as ROMs. ROMs are like the cartridges that you used to slot into your handheld gaming device. This way, you can play all the handheld retro games you want, either on the go or at home.
Another option is playing video games in your internet browser. There are many websites that allow this with the emergence of technological innovation. Playing poker, slots, and other games on a computer was revolutionary two decades ago, but now smartphone users have instant access to a large selection of online pokies and a myriad of other casino games.
Luckily, there are a variety of high-quality free and premium games that can be played on the go. While players can download gaming apps on their gadgets for an easier experience, you may also choose to play via the web. Whether you want to play real money or free casino games online on your mobile phone, the possibilities are endless. Free games may be highly beneficial to both novice and experienced players. A popular software provider for best casinos online is Realtime Gaming. For other options, a quick Google search will present a healthy list.
Or you can get your gaming fix by hunting down retro consoles. You can generally find the original Nintendo, Super Nintendo Entertainment System or SNES, Gameboys, Nintendo 64s and even Atari and Commodore computers on sites such as eBay or Gumtree. You can also check out charity shops, garage/yard sales and swap meets to find retro consoles for a bargain. To play older consoles at home, you’ll need an RCA to HDMI converter, which will allow you to plug in older model consoles to a smart TV.
You can even buy old arcade machines to install in your home. These are retro style, heavy arcade machines complete with joysticks and buttons, just ready for a button mashing game fest. They come with a range of games that you’ll remember from your youth – such as the Street Fighter series, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders, Super Metroid and more. This is a great way to play retro games at home, and these machines are the perfect addition to any rumpus or games room.
Or if you don’t have the space, My Arcade have a range of retro gaming products from an era where the local arcade was king. The arcade machines come in either a handheld or a 6 inch collectible mini arcade machine, each with a specific theme and game. Some of the games in the range include Dig Dug, Galaga, Karate Champ, Bad Dudes, Elevator Action and everyone’s favourite classic arcade game, PAC-MAN™.
Collect all the Pac-Dots and fruits, but watch out for ghosts! Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde are out to get one of gaming’s most iconic characters, PAC-MAN™. Originally released in 1980, PAC-MAN™ is often regarded as one of the most famous arcade games and is still a staple in arcades across the world. Features artwork inspired by the original PAC-MAN™ arcade cabinet, 2.75” full colour backlit display, removable joystick, volume control and 3.5mm headphone jack. Perfect for any game room, office, or display case.
Regardless of the current situation, it’s essential to keep your spirits high and look for something positive each day. So keep yourself sane and get busy with some gaming.Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.