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This website allows you to play the classic video games you grew up with

And they’re all for free. 

Want to take a trip back to your younger, worry-free days? A website called lets you play all your favorite classic games on your laptop or personal computer—for free.

Aching for the Super Nintendo (SNES) and Sega Genesis era? No problem. With the site, you’ll be able to play the games you grew up with or, if you’ve never played them before, experience the games that started it and find out why nostalgia freaks are fussing. You can also reacquaint yourself with the very early prototype of “Pong,” one of the early arcade games (it used basic 2D graphics). Castlevania, another respected game that was made in 1986, is part of the mix. If you need more proof of it’s staying power and timeless charm, streaming giant Netflix is adapting the story to a lengthy animated series.

People who grew up in the late 90s and early 2000s zoomed past these games because of how fast the industry was churning out new, better, more exciting stuff. The early 2000s saw the rise of Sony’s PlayStation 2 (PS2) and Microsoft's XBOX series, both giants battling it out on who can create the more advanced console with graphics that hew closest to real life. Even today the two tech giants are still at it—going head to head with the imminent release of the PS5 and the latest XBOX. 

The gaming community has been growing ever since the release of the first gaming console, the Magnavox Odyssey, in 1972. Back then only people with a lot of money could actually try an electric game with a user interface, since most games were only made for consoles. Over the years, gaming has become a hundred billion dollar industry (118 billion USD in 2018 alone), beating movies and other forms of entertainment by a large margin. 

And yet, no matter the advancements, some gamers still get a kick out of revisiting the past. Besides, while today's games are surely more sophisticated compared to the ones on, they will never have the same charm of the classics.