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7. Playing with DOS > Write a DOS Game

Write a DOS Game

Put your old game programming books to good use.

Many of the most fondly remembered games in video game history were DOS games. Scorched Earth, Lemmings, the Ultima series, King’s Quest, The Secret of Monkey Island, Warcraft, and many others have brought countless hours of entertainment to gamers everywhere. But, why should it stop there? With just a compiler, a decent game programming library, and a little ingenuity, you can create your own games to run in DOS alongside the giants of yesteryear.

Enter DJGPP and Allegro

DJGPP (DJ’s GNU Programming Platform) is a free C/C++ development system for MS-DOS. It began in 1989 in response to a comment by Richard Stallman that gcc, the standard UNIX C/C++ compiler, could not be ported to MS-DOS due to the limits of DOS’s 16-bit architecture. DJ Delorie took this statement as a challenge and began working on his port of gcc to MS-DOS. Since then it has become a stable and feature-rich product with a wide array of support programs and code libraries.


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