Archive.org Uploads Over 2,300 MS-DOS Classics For Online Play

MS-DOS-Games-Now-On-Archive-orgIf you're not too familiar with Archive.org, this digital preservation organisation has spent the last few decades creating accessible backups of webpages from every era of the Internet. From Sega's official website in 1996 to the early days of this very website, the group has created a digital time-portal for future generations to come. More recent projects at Archive.org, however, have included digital scans of magazines and even ROM images of video games too. Of the later, a huge batch of MS-DOS classics have just hit the site, all of which come encased in an online emulator for those looking to get nostalgic.

While the legality of making these games available to play online for free sits in a very grey area (especially given some of these titles will still be sold today through various digital download services), you cannot fault Archive.org's efforts to ensure many of these long forgotten titles can still be enjoyed with ease. Although many will argue that you could create the exact same setup at home using original game discs and DOSBOX, the ease of use this online alternative offers allows those unable to get their head round the DOS emulator a fantastic opportunity to enjoy their favourites once more.

This new collection which has been made available to play features around 2,384 different titles, ranging from the earliest era of DOS gaming, right up to more recent offerings in the 1990s. Amongst the selection are plenty of standout video games such as Stunts, Prince of Persia, Tyrian, The Lost Vikings, Crazy Cars, and just about every other floppy disk title you can imagine - all of which now just a click away.

Link: Archive.org's Online MS-DOS Game Collection

Source & Further Reading: Jason Scott's Weblog


Last Updated ( 06 January 2015 )  

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(Link to this comment) alexh 2015-01-08 10:49
I'm pretty sure they don't have the licenses for these games. Some are being sold via GOG.com How are they even considering this?
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