Lately I have been exploring some of my “roots” in the form of classic computer games. Most of these old DOS and earlier games generally need a bit of help to run on modern machines. These are known as emulators. I use the following with varying degrees of success:

D-Fend Reloaded allows you to emulate a DOS environment on a Windows 7 platform.

I also use VMware Player to emulate Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME & XP environments.

For Mac users who want to run classic Windows games there is Winebottler

But my favorite is cyber1 which is a group of people dedicated to the preservation of the world’s first computer-based community, PLATO.

Original PLATO terminal on display at  The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum


Here is hosted Empire – the oldest multi-player shooter.

One of the first computer games I was exposed to ran on a UNIX mainframe and was
called Dungeon which is kindly preserved by cyber1

Which is very similar to Labyrinth

These are examples of “Rogue” like games after the classic Rogue

Other classics have been reborn either for mobile or online. One of my favorites – Myst
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