Nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games are now available to play — for free — in almost any browser on the Internet Archive. Meaning: A lot of people of a certain generation (hi!) are once again able to play the games they played over and over and over again as kids.
The Internet Archive is arguably best-known for its Wayback Machine, the neat and useful repository of home pages past that lets you, say, see what the White House’s Web site looked like 15 years ago. But it does a lot more than simply send surfers back in time.
Many video game enthusiasts learned that over a year ago with the launch of the console living room, a similar project that brought early games (like those on the old Atari consoles) into the browser as playable emulations.
Here’s a sample of the playable games out there:
Master of Orion
A super popular turn-based galactic conquest game that might remind some players of the Civilization series.
The Oregon Trail
This game probably needs little introduction, but just in case: you travel from the east on the Oregon Trail like a pioneer — and it’s magical and addicting.
The Lion King.
…What? I liked it when I was a kid. Deal.
Leisure Suit Larry
Who can forget Leisure Suit Larry. The question screen in the beginning of the game wasted hours if you didnt know the code.
There are a ton more, which you can explore here, or in a super fancy beta layout here. Some of the games are going to be buggy, but they’re working on it.