National Game Registry: IBM PC

United States Library of Congress


IBM PC 5150
image: Old Computers

image: Old Computers

Apple PC 5140 Portable
image: Old Computers

This article features the best games released for IBM PC’s MS-DOS as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: PC series (MS-DOS)
Manufacturer: IBM, Compaq
Debut: 1981
Nation of origin: United States

By the 1980s, IBM was a household name in the computing world but virtually unknown in the home computer market. That changed – eventually – starting with the release of the IBM 5150 Personal Computer. The 5150 may have fit on a desktop but its features and price point were much closer to the business world that had been supporting IBM for years than to home users. IBM moved closer to household acceptance with the PC Jr. in 1983, with capabilities and pricing aimed much closer to what consumers expected. Although the PC Jr. was regarded as a failure, IBM continued with newer PC models and gradually made headway. An interesting feature of the PC was that it was designed with freely available components, meaning that other companies could manufacture IBM PC-compatible systems of their own with little trouble. Compaq joined the fray and the rest is history, as the wheels were set in motion for the non-proprietary, industry-standard PC to take over the industry. Long before the PC became the standard, IBM’s interest in continuing to manufacture their own PCs but they did exert some control over just what the PC standard was. In time, their influence waned and the standard was largely dictated by Microsoft’s Windows series of operating systems. PC’s lagged behind the competition in the early days of the line but caught up in the later 1980s. Inductees include:

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns


Emulation: National Game Registry recommends DOSBox combined with the DOSShell frontend for IBM PC MS-DOS emulation on home computers.

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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