What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
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Donkey Kong - Videogame by Nintendo

The arcade and video game industry truly entered its “Golden Age” in the late 70’s and early 80’s, with stand-up and sit-down video arcade machines in bars, pubs, malls, storefronts, roller rinks, bowling alleys and restaurants. Teens, pre-teens and even adults would hang-out at their local arcade place on weekends trying to get their 3 initials on the game’s high score list. Many major arcade games from Namco, Atari, Williams Electronics, Stern Electronics, and Nintendo were all considered blockbusters.

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Home game consoles became very popular during the 1980s. The Atari 2600, Intellivision, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Sega Master and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) were a must have during the holiday season for any child growing up the the 80s.

Growingupintheeighties.com offers free retrogaming, also known as classic gaming and old school gaming. We offer free play of the Atari 2600 console games and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video games using emulators directly in your web browser.


Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Video Games

Galaga
Play Galaga – 1981
Donkey Kong
Play Donkey Kong – 1981
Paperboy
Play Pac-Man – 1980
Ms Pac Man
Play Ms. Pac-Man – 1982
Commando
Play Commando – 1985
Defender
Play Defender – 1981
Paperboy
Play Paperboy – 1985
Joust
Play Joust – 1982

The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in September 1977 by Atari Inc. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game — initially Combat and later Pac-Man. The Atari 2600 was wildly successful during the early 1980s. It was superseded by the Atari 5200 and 7800 game consoles. We have hundreds of Atari 2600 games for you to play online and relive your childhood. These are my top 9 favorites highlighted below.


All our free online video games are rendered in high quality, realistic gameplay using opensource JavaScript emulators that run directly in your web browser. No additional software or plugins are required to play. Our Atari 2600 emulation is also supported on mobile devices.

More games available at our sister video game web site Free80sarcade.com