If you’re looking to do nothing productive at all for the next few weeks, then perusing and playing through more than 2,400 MS-DOS games online for free will help you do that. The Internet Archive has brought the classic MS-DOS games into browser-playable versions and they will make you want to do absolutely nothing else.
As Vox pointed out, the most obvious first choice of games to play for the true fans from the 80s and into the 90s is Oregon Trail.
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The games have been added into the Internet Archive, and the MS-DOS Showcase is something that is to be cherished and enjoyed. Now, those in the present and future can enjoy the world as so many did before with the original Duke Nukem, Burger Blaster, King’s Quest, and so many more.
To be exact, there are many MS-DOS games that you may never have heard of or had the chance to play before, but now you can enjoy them or get angry at them. The way this is preserving the history of the Internet is brilliant.
According to the Internet Archive, they want people to play the games but they also want as much feedback as possible in this “software crate-digger’s dream.”
“Tens of thousands of playable software titles from multiple computer platforms, allowing instant access to decades of computer history in your browser.”
With as much as the Internet Archive is giving out to everyone, especially with the MS-DOS additions, the site wants help from users, too. They want bugs reported every time they find one so they can be fixed and eliminated as quickly as possible.
Software curator Jason Scott knows there will be some issues at times, but the help from everyone will make it easier.
“Some of [the games] 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.”
The Internet Archive is doing its part to keep the world of gaming alive, and reporting bugs is the least that everyone can do to show their appreciation.
Even though people are looking to get the best graphics, best gameplay, no lag time, and so much more today, it’s the old world of games that need to be remembered. Going back and playing all these MS-DOS games is a trip back in history, and a fun one at that.
[Image via vox.com and Internet Archive]