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I donít know about you but Iím not much into fancy-pants 3D firstperson shooters. I canít be bothered to build a massive gaming rig,blow $500 on a video card, and figure out what custom weights give me the best mouse response.
Iíve got a WII, and I love it, and one of the big reasons I do is for the emulation. Sadly however, I canít bring my WII to work or to the coffee shop down the street - but I can bring my laptop, jump on their WiFi and fire up these four awesome sites for a quick old school gaming fix!
VirtualApple (Apple II and Apple IIGS)

I donít know about you but every now and then I get a craving tohunt square rabbits, hire unfit workers, make them walk too far andthen lose three days because Iíve got scurvy. Virtual Apple alwayssatisfies my Oregon Trail fix; but donít other classics like JohnElwayís Quarterback, Crystal Castles, and Max Headroom (donít lie, youremember Max Headroom).
c64s.com (Commodore 64)

My familyís first computer was the UPS-brown Commodore 64, so thisone really takes me back. I even remember ďmoddingĒ the case to thenewer, more angular style when it came out. Yikes. Thrill to suchCommodore favorites as Zork, Wizardís Lair and Pakacuda. The site hasall the titles categorized by genre and features screenshots - furtherunderscoring the real graphical prowess of the C64!
Virtualnes.com (Nintendo Entertainment System)

vNes has a huge catalog of NES cartridge titles available for play on their site via a Java-based emulator- 765 of them to be exact. Iíve noticed a few problems with slowness ona few titles, but all in all itís an excellent place to play old gamesonline and satisfy your urge to jam on Super Mario Brothers, Zelda, orone of my favorites: Ivan Stewartís Super Off Road.
Playnes.net (Nintendo Entertainment System)

Another big catalog of NES titles, but youíre able to register whichgives you the ability to save states in the games youíre playing. Youcan even open other peopleís states - meaning that when your buddy getsstuck trying to battle through the ninjas, you can swoop in, rescue thePresident, and prove just how bad a dude you really are.
GetBack.Com Arcade
Unlike the rest of the sites I listed, GetBack isnít strictly agaming site. Itís kind of a ďthrowback cultureĒ site. The upside isthat they do have several games in their arcade that you can play, likeIntellivision Backgammon and River Raid.
What about you? Where do you go to satisfy your vintage gaming urges? Let us know!

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