Back on July 27th, 1981, Microsoft bought the rights to to the Quick and Dirty Operating System (QDOS) from Seattle Computer Products for $25,000. A year later and for the next 13 years, MS-DOS would be the standard platform on which practically every PC would ship. Even with the release of Windows, MS-DOS was still your operating system and Windows was little more than just a program running over DOS. That all changed in 1995 with the release of Windows 95, the first version of Windows to shuffle DOS into the path that would ultimately lead to Command Prompt. However, for us gamers, MS-DOS still has a special place in our hearts.
I remember my first few computers, both of which operated under a DOS platform. I remember the concept of “point-and-click” being relatively foreign unless I was using my mom’s boss’ Apple at work, but I remembered all of the c:, cd\, dir, dir \p and other nonsense I had to type in just to get a program to run or find a file on the computer. Many a night I would find my favorite game on floppy, stick it in the disk drive, and type my way into gaming. Recently, cleaning out my old room at my mom’s house, I found a collection of old disks, including the 40+ floppies it took for me to store the original Grand Theft Auto. Ah, memories.
Today, MS-DOS is dead. In fact, DOS as an OS has been officially dead since 2000. But the memories still live on. Are you an old-school PC user like me who remembers navigating your way through MS-DOS? I wanna hear your best DOS stories. Sure, this may be a geeky-as-hell topic, but screw it. We’re geeks. We’re nerds. We’re gamers. And if you played games in DOS, you’re probably also old..er. Like me. So leave your thoughts below, I wanna hear ’em!