The Internet Archive Adds Almost 2300 MS-DOS Games to their Software Library, Available Free to Play

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Retro gamers rejoice! The Internet Archive, mostly known for their "Internet Time Capsule" called the Way Back Machine, has added 2298 MS-DOS games to their Software Library and allows users to play them via in-browser emulation for free!​
If you have the retro gaming bug and you get the itch to play Prince of Persia or The Oregon Trail but just don't feel like setting up DOS-Box and digging through your collection of old floppy disks, now you can re-visit those classics without any hassle in just a few clicks. If you're too young to remember those great games, The Internet Archive now gives you a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the history of PC gaming completely free of charge.​
In addition to MS-DOS games, The Internet Archive also stores software for Apple, Atari, IBM PC and even the ZX Spectrum, so there's a lot to see. Should you wish to check out their software collection, be sure to follow the link below.​
:arrow: The Internet Archive: Software Library
 

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Fucking outstanding.
Alter Ego is one of the all-time greats but it was deleted from sale in the 80's not long after it's original release. When I was young the only way to obtain it was through piracy (we didn't have the 'abandonware' concept then).

Now there's finally a legal strongbox of these amazing works without the abandonware/piracy argument attached.
 

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This. I have no idea how they added the games, but ID Software clearly specify everywhere that Doom is NOT an abandonware.
To be fair, the law isn't clear on in-browser emulation. No download takes place, there's only one copy on one computer, it's just remotely accessed. They're not distributing unauthorized copies.
 

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Doom and Doom 2 source codes were released several years ago as open source.

Plus the term abandonware is is just a buzz word. Used to make those pirating old software feel morally guilt-free.
 

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Doom and Doom 2 source codes were released several years ago as open source.

Plus the term abandonware is is just a buzz word. Used to make those pirating old software feel morally guilt-free.
The engine is open-source, the resources (original WADs) are not. As for abandonware, there are true cases of software no longer belonging to anyone due to bankrupcies of developers/publishers etc. but those are quite rare.
 

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The engine is open-source, the resources (original WADs) are not. As for abandonware, there are true cases of software no longer belonging to anyone due to bankrupcies of developers/publishers etc. but those are quite rare.


True like atari,THQ and other generally sell rights or what not in bankruptcy court
 

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zak mcKracken doesn't work with the mouse.
using keyboard is too difficult

I didn't even get to the place where it ask the disc code to check if the game is "kracked" ;)
 
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