I grew up with the surge of arcade games in late 70’s/early 80’s. I also found a decent emulator that could be run on a website. And it happens to be Atari – I don’t remember caring what the console was in those days, as I preferred arcades to home-gaming. But Atari was prolific, and a lot of helpful info out there on fan sites to help you avoid the absolutely dire games (and there are plenty of course).
Why bother, you may say, given how many flash versions of every game imaginable there are out there. The answer is: for a little more authenticity – this is what the ROM game versions unusually have. Stella was one of the few emulators that could be used from a website, and practically the only one supporting sound. After playing a few of the games, I figured the sound was pretty monotonous and sometimes jarring. But for authenticity, you need that insane music and effects. Though getting ROMs to work with the emulator can be hit and miss, generally the games run well.
RedFishBlueFish is collection of these efforts. Primarily Atari 2600 games, but as I discovered, Stella also supports Atari 5200 ROMs. Below is example game from the site – one of the less well know, but radical gameplay at the time. Also notable as being designed by a woman – very unusual 30 years, but it was firmly a boys club in those days (and probably still suffers from that).
Vanguard (Atari 1983)
You must pilot the ship through a bunch of different caverns, shooting aliens.. The memorable aspect of Vanguard is the ship, which can shoot in all 4 directions. If you fly through an energy pod, you become invincible and can simply crash into the enemy ships while the song plays. When you reach the end of the cavern, you must shoot the Gond, which is just a big face. Unfortunately, it is way too easy to kill the Gond in this version, which was not the case in the arcade.