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Bringing retro back! – How the cloud delivers old games to a new generation

Space Invaders

When I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, I was a very avid video gamer, playing on the Commodore C64, Atari, and MS-DOS based video games. Like many that played back in the day, I have fond memories of very pixellated sprites (= game characters), point-and-click adventures like Monkey Island and Indiana Jones, and games that were spread over several floppy disks. For a game afficionado (that I still am to this day), it was almost tragic that with changes in technology and ever-increasing computer processing power, it was almost impossible to play these old games because they required the old systems. Floppy disk slots for instance have entirely disappeared from computers years ago.

However, after many years of weak emulations that rarely ran properly, the cloud once more provided the means to distribute old games via the internet. The (legitimate) website Software Library: MS-DOS Games enables retro-gamers to play the classics via web browser, a majority of them free of charge. In fact, many young gamers re-discover these old games, as user statistics of this website show. As such, it is an almost perfect marriage of new and old technology.

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