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Written by Tim Wray   
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:15

When I first got into computers, DOS games were still in full swing. They were slowly beginning to decline with the advent of DirectX and Windows 95, but the new games in the era I began playing were still centered around MS-DOS. Quake, Descent, and Doom were some of my favorites.

SimCity 2000 (1993) in DOSBox, running in Windows Vista

Alas, it seems these games were not meant to be immortal, as the technology, mostly in the software and Operating System department, has changed so drastically since
1995 or so has rendered many of these games running on their original engines obsolete.

Recently, I found a reference to a program called "DOSBox" on a forum, and set out to see what it was all about. Turns out, it's a wonderful opensource x86 emulator with automatic (and adjustable) speed limiting and perfect classic soundcard emulation. Check out the DOSBox website here.


Hexen (1996) Running in DOSBox on top of Windows Vista

It is multi platform, with versions available for Windows (works on Vista!), Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OSX, and even OS/2. It reports it's version as MS-DOS 5.0 to applications running inside.

You can simply create a directory on your hard drive that you wish to be the root directory (folder for all you DOS n00bies), and then DOSbox can be easily configured to mount that folder as the root drive. From there, you can run it just as if it were your old 486/33 in your bedroom back home. It even runs Windows 3.x flawlessly!


It even runs Windows 3.1! (1992) JezzBall, anyone?


I highly reccomend this product, especially if you have piles of ancient media lying around that you miss playing with. Personally, I've been trying to work my way through Hexen (very slowly)...a great game! You can download DOSBox here.