The general 80s revival that seemed to sweep across the world in recent years appears to be giving way to 90s nostalgia, which means another revival is on the way. One of the driving forces behind surfacing fond memories of the decade that gave the world the internet is video games. With classic titles released in the late 80s and early 90s now marking milestone anniversaries, more and more people remember sitting on the TV room floor and revelling in those pixelated graphics and less than smooth playing action as the best thing ever.

Of course, video games went nowhere; instead, they improved, drawing larger audiences every year. Technology advanced to the point of players being able to enjoy consoles and games such as Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero, and the like. Remembering fun-filled hours spent playing video games with friends or by yourself, the excitement of getting your hands on a cheat sheet from a friend at school, or waiting for the film version of a favourite game is certainly one way to stir up the itch to play. But not everyone wants to go back to playing Super Mario Bros, CastleVania, Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter, or Mortal Kombat, and not everyone wants to face the initial outlay of purchasing a decent gaming console.

The good news is that you can enjoy top notch gaming online, playing in your laptop, PC, smartphone, or tablet browser. The internet offers incredible gaming opportunities, some of which are potentially rewarding. One of the most popular ways of playing games online is through gaming apps that can be accessed through Facebook profiles or downloaded onto the aforementioned computers and devices. Usually simple to play and allowing for interaction with other players, these games have attracted millions of fans from around the world.

Multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft aren’t so much popular as legendary. Ever-expanding, these virtual gaming universes seem to provide an alternative reality for their millions of players.

If you want entertainment that has a more grown-up feel to it, a good alternative to online video games is sports betting. Punters still get to enjoy going after a win, but instead of battling zombies or warriors with ninja skills, they get to put their sporting or racing knowledge to the test. The best online betting sites that accept punters in New Zealand are easily accessed from laptop, PC, smartphones, and tablets, and offer betting options that include the country’s most popular sports, including cricket and rugby, among others.

Bets can be placed as futures, or as live bets during matches or races, with the click of a button. These sites usually offer betting on local and international sporting fixtures, including major events such as the rugby, cricket, and football world cups, Wimbledon, the US Open, the Melbourne Cup, and the Olympic Games.

Thanks to the internet, 90s gaming nostalgia doesn’t only have to be a trip down memory lane. If you want to reawaken your sense of play, or once again enjoy playing for a win, make use of the incredible entertainment opportunities right at your fingertips!