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Internet Archive adds 2500 playable DOS games to the archive
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The Internet Archive is one of our favorite spots on the Internet, and that is not only because of its excellent wayback machine to access changed or deleted webpages and sites, but also because of the numerous archives that are maintained on the site.

We talked about the ability to play DOS, classic computer, and arcade games already in the past, and about other archives, e.g. the classic computer magazine archive or the gigantic music archive.

The maintainers of the site announced recently that 2500 additional playable MS-DOS games were added to the site. MS-DOS games are classic computer games released predominantly in the last century.

DOS games can still be played on modern Windows machines through emulation, e.g. by using a program like DOSBox. The Internet Archives' collection runs the emulation part in the web browser which takes away much of the burden of setting up games correctly.

As far as MS-DOS games are concerned, the collection includes known and unknown games; it should not come as a surprise that many of the games are probably lesser known. PC users who enjoyed the DOS period may remember games such as Wizardry, The Three Stooges, Incredible Machine 2, Biing, The Great War, or the under-appreciated Genghis Khan II.

The collection has a handful of surprise additions. You find the second part of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series, Daggerfall, several classic LucasArts adventures, The Secret of Monkey Islands and Loom, the original Bard's Tale, Descent, Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Ultimate Underworld series, or the smash hit Cannon Fodder in the collection.

There is also Street Fighter II, Summer Games II, several SSI classics including Roadwar Europe, Horrorsoft's Elvira, The Last Ninja, Star Wars Tie Fighter, Redneck Rampage, or, one of my favorite games of all time, The curse of RA.

Tip: change the sort order to views to get a list of the most popular releases of the collection.

All games can be played directly in the browser; just click on the play button on the game's page on the Internet Archive website to start it. Archive.org uses the DOSBox emulator to make the games playable in the browser.
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