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You can now play nearly 2,400 MS-DOS video games in your browser !!!

Postby Queen » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:37 am

Nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games are now available to play -- for free -- in almost any browser on the Internet Archive. Meaning: A lot of people of a certain generation (hi!) are once again able to play the games they played over and over and over again as kids.

The Internet Archive is arguably best-known for its Wayback Machine, the neat and useful repository of home pages past that lets you, say, see what the White House's Web site looked like 15 years ago. But it does a lot more than simply send surfers back in time.

Many video game enthusiasts learned that over a year ago with the launch of the console living room, a similar project that brought early games (like those on the old Atari consoles) into the browser as playable emulations.

Here's a sample of the playable games out there:

Master of Orion

A super popular turn-based galactic conquest game that might remind some players of the Civilization series.
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The Oregon Trail

This game probably needs little introduction, but just in case: you travel from the east on the Oregon Trail like a pioneer -- and it's magical and addicting.
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The Lion King.

...What? I liked it when I was a kid. Deal.
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There are a ton more, which you can explore here, or in a super fancy beta layout here. Some of the games are going to be buggy, but they're working on it.


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The MS-DOS project is likely to see similar popularity to the console experiment. Although this isn't the first time some of these games have made it into a playable browser format, the Internet Archive's undertaking is an unprecedented work of interactive preservation. In addition to simply posting a best-shot attempt at emulating the game experience in a browser, software curator Jason Scott is soliciting feedback on what does and doesn't work for users as more and more people explore the software archives.

In a Monday post announcing the new resource, Scott wrote:

I really worked hard to have only fully-functioning programs up, or at least, programs that gave viable, useful feedback. Some of them will still fall over and die, and many of them might be weird to play in a browser window, and of course you can’t really save things off for later, and that will limit things too. But on the whole, you will experience some analogue of the MS-DOS program, in your browser, instantly. :D

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Re: You can now play nearly 2,400 MS-DOS video games in your browser !!!

Postby akshdalal » Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:35 pm

The 3rd pic brings on the childhood memories.
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Re: You can now play nearly 2,400 MS-DOS video games in your browser !!!

Postby Queen » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:36 pm

akshdalal wrote:The 3rd pic brings on the childhood memories.


I agree, moreover the visual almost the same as 'the legend of kyrandia' if you know it

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I Love This Games :D

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Re: You can now play nearly 2,400 MS-DOS video games in your browser !!!

Postby Flyjay » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:33 am

Wow anybody notice how the legend of kyrandia that first image posted looks like the beginning screen of young Merlin


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