The keyword here is “fun.” Remember fun? Fun was that stuff that made you smile and gave you that warm, happy feeling inside; fun was that thing that eased your worries, took your mind off the office, and amazingly erased your frown lines. Remember that stuff? Just because you have earned all the badges and carry all the burdens of a “responsible adult,” nowhere does the handbook stipulate that you must forfeit all your fun. Get the healthy dose of the fun factor you crave, playing your favourite fun games at an online arcade.
Play all the classic fun games.
Back in the day, when you felt that it was your job and sworn duty to have fun, you played Pac Man and Donkey Kong for as long as the tokens kept coming out of your pocket. You still can play them, now in quicker and more responsive digital form, logging on to your favourite virtual arcade-no tokens required. Also, just as back in the day when the fun factor was everything and fun games were your passion, the Mario Brothers continue to rule the online arcade. Guide them through new adventures, and take your game to the levels of which you dreamed. Some of your desktop favourites also have been updated and adapted for online arcade play: remember Missile Command and Tetris-still alive and thriving, ready for you to show how you still have your magic touch.
Try some new favourites.
While you have denied yourself the fun you deserve, the world of online gaming has evolved: Games have grown from two dimensions to three, the villains in the action games have become considerably more menacing, and the obstacles in the driving games have become a lot more treacherous. Of course, better graphics and more responsive controls translate to more thrills and excitement in online fun games.
Driving games still challenge you to get around the track as quickly as possible, negotiating tough turns and avoiding the guardrails and obstacles. But you no longer must settle for just cars and motorcycles. If it has wheels, it inevitably has become an online driving game. Everything from skateboards to monster trucks and big rigs now careen around the internet arcades, defying gravity and your skill with the arrow keys. Maze games still inveigle you, testing your ability to find your way through and out of terribly tangled webs. Puzzle games still challenge your logic, intuition, and quick thinking. And some of your favourite diversions from Facebook have been adapted for arcade play: if you already love Farmville or Café World, try their internet arcade versions.
Not surprisingly, fun games have evolved most in the “action games” genre. Pick an epoch, a hero, a landscape, a quest and play-out your adventure with fantastic adversaries and amazing weapons. As your memories of fun return, you surely will recall the epic contests that locked you in battle for hours on end, defeating foe after foe in flagrant defiance of the fun games’ most dreaded phrase-“game over.”