January 6, 2015
One of my favorite things about modern day technology is that it’s far more powerful than what people were using back in the 90s. The games that people used to play were seen as complex at the time, but today they pale in comparison to the masterpieces we’re served.
That doesn’t mean that the older games were inherently bad because of their graphics and design though; in fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Some of the older games might look a bit rougher around the edges, but I would say that the gameplay was unrivaled in terms of challenge.
Think about it, this was a time before cheat codes. Before you could download content to your machine. Before you could go online and get a walkthrough guide. When you played an old game like the original Prince of Persia, you were helplessly alone in solving the puzzles: it vaulted me, personally, to a whole new level of game play.
Jason Scott, via the Internet Archive, has added approximately 2,388 MS-DOS video games to the web that can be played directly in-browser. The Software Library consists of major hits like Bust-A-Move, Chex Quest, and Lemmings, along with countless others you may remember.
“Many titles will stick around – some will go, or change, or be replaced. This is still brand new territory, and with the addition of the MS-DOS programs so far, this no-plugin in-browser experience is one of a kind in the world,” says Scott in his blog post. “I’m working just as hard as the V2 devs are to make everything work, and it wouldn’t be worth my time if I didn’t have people trying it out, commenting on it, and making use of it.”
The people playing are encouraged to offer feedback with regard to any bugs, successes, or failures through the web platform. Scott wants to maintain a high level of functionality as he continues to build out future versions of the library. Since last year Scott has been able to iterate a new version that’s faster, slimmer, and packed with new features and has remained focused on only having fully-functioning programs up for play.
It’s awesome for fans of old genre video games as we don’t need to download any extra emulators or programs to make it work. Simplicity reigns supreme in Scott’s platform, and it’s fun as hell to reminisce, while you play, of a different age of video games.
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