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The Web Archive added 2,500 video games to its MS-DOS treasure trove

The Internet Archive added 2,500 games to its MS-DOS treasure trove screenshot

The following time you are on the lookout for a semi-mindless distraction for your laptop, imagine trying out the Web Archive’s now-even-more-massive selection of cool, bizarre, and on occasion gross MS-DOS video games. The preservation web page not too long ago added 2,500 video games to its already spectacular roster.

This batch of titles was once made conceivable largely by means of eXoDOS, in line with archivist Jason Scott.

“What makes the gathering greater than only a pile of previous, now-playable video games, is the way it has to take head-on the issues of device preservation and historical past,” he defined. “Having an previous executable and a scanned replica of the handbook represents simplest the primary few steps. DOS has remained constant in many ways over the final (just about) 40 years, however so much has modified below the hood and techniques had been on occasion simplest written to paintings on very particular {hardware} and an excessively particular setup. They had been launched, bought some quantity of copies, after which disappeared off the cabinets, if now not everybody’s recollections. It’s a lot of these additional steps, below the hood, of acquisition and configuration, that represents the toughest paintings by means of the eXoDOS mission, and I acknowledge that long-time and Herculean effort.”

Weird MS-DOS Games

Scott is cautious to notice that “now not all video games are relaxing to play,” however truly, that is a part of the thrill. As soon as the newness wears off, you’ll be able to go back to classics like The Oregon Path, Prince of Persia, and SimCity.

As earlier than, you’ll be able to play these things without spending a dime proper inside of your internet browser by means of the Web Archive.

My first order of industrial is Tremendous Munchers: The Problem Continues, a recreation I forgot existed till proper this 2d. Its predecessors had been vintage computer-lab fodder long ago when. I like me some MECC.

2,500 Extra MS-DOS Video games Playable on the Archive [Internet Archive Blogs]