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
     
  2. ody81

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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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  5. Another World

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    this has been in the news for awhile. the talk now is how the archive includes games not in the PD. games still for sale on GOG, etc.

    -another world
     
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    good luck trying to play half the fuckers...
     
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    Ita cool that their allowing this and not complaining like another game company we know...
     
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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.
     
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    Anyone used to play Dangerous Dave? That was my only childhood DOS game sadly, but it was pretty fun and hard. Playing it now, ahh, I'm thankful to this guy. :D
     
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    Really good news considering that Underground Gamer died.
     
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    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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    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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    True like atari,THQ and other generally sell rights or what not in bankruptcy court
     
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    Theres only 2 words that sum up how amazing that archive is and those 2 words are
    DANGEROUS DAVE!!!!!!
     
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    I didn't even get to the place where it ask the disc code to check if the game is "kracked" ;)