“I really worked hard to have only fully-functioning programs up, or at least, programs that gave viable, useful feedback. Some of them 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.”
As Scott says, the lack of save games is the biggest issue right now. Even so, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to mess around with for an afternoon—probably the most consumer-friendly way to use DOSBox so far.
The main question is whether companies will let it stand. While some of these games are certainly abandonware and thus in the legal grey area where emulation is sort of “wink-nod legal” albeit frowned upon, other games are still actively being sold today—like, for instance, Duke Nukem 3D, which is on sale in this week’s Humble Bundle. I’d hate to see companies bring legal action against the Internet Archive over 20-year-old games, but it could happen.
I guess what I’m saying is “Enjoy it while you can.”
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