Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

It's *almost* old enough to be archaeology…2,300+ MSDOS games now available to play online for free! Indiana Jones, Oregon Trail, and more!

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You have died of dysentery - Oregon Trail MSDOS

 

Dating back to the days when you could count the number of ShovelBums in the country on two hands after three bourbons comes the greatest treasure trove of MSDOS (that's Microsoft Disk Operating System kids) games ever.  You can play these *now* for free, in your browser, with no plugin needed.  So now it't time to hitch up your oxen (its ethnology in action!) , put on your fedora (this is why your office bound PI dresses the way they do), or pull out your Duke Nukem Laser Gun (because, well, its kinda fun):

 

indiana jones and the Last Crusade MSDOS

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, MSDOS

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

The Internet Archive  has put the game that wasted countless hours in the ’80s and ’90s before we were all online. Now you can face oppressive horror of attempting to make your way across the Oregon Trail on a steady diet of squirrel meat with an axe, some rope and frequent bouts of dysentery, pausing in their manifest destiny only long enough to etch your partners epitaph on a makeshift tombstone on the side of trail.  Or put on your fedora and become Indy on the Last Crusade and understand what archaeology is like without those pesky regulations to impede science!

There’s also Duke Nukem, Street Fighter, Burger Blaster, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Lion King and Chuck Yeager’s Advanced Flight Trainer and more than 2,393 other MS-DOS based game titles ready to play in an immersive and engaging lesson in interactive internet preservation.

According to a post announcing the new resource, the site’s software curator Jason Scott wants people to reach out and report bugs as they play. “Some of [the games] will still fall over and die, and many of them might be weird to play in a browser window, and of course you can’t really save things off for later, and that will limit things too. But on the whole, you will experience some analogue of the MS-DOS program, in your browser, instantly,” Scott wrote.

So start playing.  This is like the ultimate surface survey with a map from the future on Olduvai Gorge five years before Leakey arrived. It is all low hanging fruit for these awesome artifacts of our earlier selves. 

Enjoy!



Start playing here: https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games/v2

 

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