The Internet Archive has uploaded 2,400 MS-DOS games available for free, legal play through internet browsers, including Oregon Trail, Street Fighter, and The Lion King.
The announcement marks one of the largest archives of free, legally available games currently on the internet.
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit known for collecting vast amounts of historical data and sites from the internet. It became popular with its Wayback Machine, a time capsule collection of websites throughout the internet’s history.
Many of the games uploaded through the archive project have been made available in various formats over the year, but the Internet Archive’s single, proactive collection is an unprecedented database of games, software, and material from the computers of yesteryear.
According to their website, the collection currently includes games from Apple II, Atari 800, and ZX Spectrum.
“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,” creator Jason Scott said in a post on his blog.
The full software library is available on the Internet Archive’s new beta page here.