My favorite place to play with old stuff is the U of Michigan Computer and Video Game Archive.
Currently closed (COVID) but when they are open they have a complete run of games for a bunch of old systems, plus vintage hardware to run them on. (And new games too.)
I will have to look for Beamrider when they open up again.
Real hardware is hard to get running and to keep running, but it can be a whole lot of fun. The people I know who are serious about old hardware get good at things like replacing capacitors and fixing corrosion damage.
It's hard for emulators to get the weird color effects of NTSC television exactly right, and the characteristic blurry results. NTSC = "Never Twice the Same Color"
👋 A2mi.social is a friendly social network for people living, working, studying around Ann Arbor — including Ypsilanti and elsewhere. And our friends.