If you’ve never been to MakeUseOf you should strongly consider checking it out. They have a lot of great how-to guides for plenty of things of the nerd persuasion. Once in a while, one of these things will be about gaming, and since this isn’t a tech blog, I can leave a lot of the complicated stuff to them…but this is an old gem that I think every old-schooler should know about.
DosBox is, essentially, a DOS emulator. Basically in the same respect that zSNES emulates a Super NES, this virtualizes a Dos system or “Dos Box” on your PC.
The problem I have always run into with DosBox though, is that it isn’t exactly as “Plug in an go” as something like zSNES. There is tweaking that must be done to get some games to run properly, and it is, of course, command-line driven…just like DOS.
That’s where MakeUseOf comes in.
The fine folks over there have written a setup guide for DosBox that trumps anything I could have written on the topic and is quite sufficient, I will do my part and pass the word along. You can find the DosBox installation guide right here. They even hint as to where one might find some good sources to download old DOS games…a good way to look is by Googling for “Abandonware”
So go check it out, I’ll be playing Fantasy Empires if you need me.
Have a great week.