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Play 2500 MS-DOS games on your laptop now. Here's how



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Internet archive

If you want to check how gaming was before you came on the internet, you can start playing one of the several thousand MS-DOS games that the Internet archive has just made available. You can play for free in your browser via the emulation system of the digital library.

The internet archive warns that with some games emulation can run slower than you would like. For others, the file size – especially for games that came on CD-ROMs – can be a stress for your browser. And some of the newly available games, it admits, may not be that fun to play.

But if you feel nostalgic for a time when games didn't collapse in a black hole but instead happily let a zoo run, run a zeppelin, run a sub, pin Star Trek and lead settlers over the Oregon Trail, we have you covered.

Play an MS-DOS game on the Internet Archive

Although the trick to play these games in emulation in a browser seems simple, it requires a considerable amount of work behind the scenes to restore the old DOS games to trace and retain, including, where possible, the manuals supplied with them. Here's how to play.

1. Go to the latest software collection of MS-DOS games in the internet library.

2. Find a game from the list of 2500 games and tap the title.

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3. Tap the energy icon in the next window to start the emulator and the game.

4. After the game file has been downloaded into the memory of your browser, a window or two may appear with a prompt. Press a suitable key to continue to the game.

5. Once in the game you can use the keyboard to control the game and make selections.

You can also view the full 7,000 MS-DOS games that the Internet Archive has added to its collection, including The Oregon Trail, SimCity, Prince of Persia, Pac-Man and Wolfenstein 3D.


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