Stores offer vintage videogames on original consoles

Interested in playing a vintage videogame on the original console? You're in luck, according to Elliott Ramos in the Wall Street Journal, if you live near one of several specialty stores that maintain vintage game consoles and make them available to customers.

Granted, Ramos writes, you can find websites let you play “Missile Command” or “Pac Man” using your browser, or you can download an emulator that lets your PC mimic the original console. But, he adds, these approaches might result in timing being off or controls being unresponsive.

So if you live in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX; Webster, TX; New York, NY; or Portland, OR, or are visiting one of these cities, you can play using original equipment. He notes that in Los Angeles, for example, “World 8 has a superlative selection of classic titles, not to mention an amazing array of older consoles waiting to be played. Among them: a Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 (from '86, '92, and '96, respectively); the full gamut of Sony PlayStations; and the Sega Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast (circa '89, '95 and '99).”

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