I have always been an avid gamer. So much so that I decided to start a small gaming website — Nowares Arcade — so I could play my favourite old games from anywhere without having to carry a PC or laptop with me. Many of the games I added were emulated from SNES, NES, Master system, and similar older generation consoles. As retro games are very simple compared to the games these days, it was fairly easy to get them all working straight from the browser.
The Nowares arcade website was built on a very heavily modified version of the AV Arcade script with a custom template I created from scratch to target the younger audience. I created several plugins to get the script to a workable state and enhanced the security, SEO friendliness, and much more. Designing the template lead to some interesting discoveries and helped me develop the skills necessary for developing scripts on an ad-hoc basis.
Traffic to the website grew steadily and targeted keywords quickly overtook high-end competitors such as Sega and Nintendo. At the peak, the majority of keywords like "Alex Kidd", and "play Sonic" ranked above their original source.
I spent several years creating modifications and templates for other AV Arcade webmasters on a freelance basis.
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