There are millions of video games out there, from Kong to Snakes, sadly forgotten. The problem is that technical advances have taken over and as a result, older games are not very compatible with today's hardware. However, this guide will help you relive old memories for years to come.

Things You Will Need

DOS emulator

Step 1

Get a nifty program called DOS Box. With this application, you can play your favorite old-school games of yesteryear, even the original Tetris, if you're so inclined. Let's face it, these are video games and arcade games at their best. I personally have a big collection of the video games I grew up with under DOS, including Epic Pinball, Jazz Jackrabbit, Tyrian, and many more. Whenever I feel like escaping reality, this is my fastest approach to help me relax and smile.

Step 2

Install the application to your computer. It might take some time to get used to, but as soon as you execute it, the program will have on-screen instructions on how to switch between hard drives and folders in the command-line interface it provides.

Step 3

You could easily - and legally - obtain many free game downloads on websites dedicated to freeware titles. Such places may include, and Simply make a search for "Abandonware" or "Freeware games."

Step 4

If you happen to dislike the old-fashioned command-line interface that comes with the program, you can also download a small program for windows that serves as a graphical user interface (GUI). One such program is called DBGL, which lets you easily launch your library of games. Who needs an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 when you could play computer games?

Step 5

Some games may have compatibility issues. In this game, located and open the DOS Box configuration file to tweak a wide range of settings to fit your computer hardware. Options include sound bit rates, sound cards, serial port configuration, default screen resolution, and much more. Depending on your version of this program, you may find such file in the directory where you installed it, or within your Operating System's Profile/user name.


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