Feeling nostalgic for ’90s computer games? Play them for free in a web browser

I lost interest playing most console and computer games in the late nineties. Although there are some exceptions that I will explain another time, the high-level reasons are:

  • I never adapted well to using four additional remote controller buttons introduced on the Super Nintendo in 1991
  • Learning how to program computers began to spoil the enjoyment of playing games
  • New PC games seemed to use practically every key on the full-size keyboard, requiring a steeper time commitment and learning curve

In the nineties there were many enjoyable PC games available that used only a few keys on the keyboard to move, jump, and shoot.

A few years ago I discovered that many of these games are available to play for free, online in a web browser, at the Internet Archive website.

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and websites.

https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games?tab=collection

The Internet Archive website makes these games playable to visitors using an in-browser emulator named EM-DOSBOX. Once on the site, use the left-hand navigation menu to further refine the filter criteria.