In 2018, A PC Game Is Being Made In DOS

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MS-DOS, the text-based operating system people used to use before Windows took over the planet, was how PC games were played in ancient times. It’s been dead for decades, but one developer figures 2018 is as good a time as any to make a brand new game for it.


Having raised $100,000 in a Kickstarter, David Murray is hard at work on Planet X3, a strategy game that’s going to run on an operating system first released in 1981.

Unsurprisingly, he’s running into some problems. In an interview with Gamasutra, he speaks of the challenges in making a brand new game for such an old OS, which run from video memory headaches to troubleshooting gaps.

“You Google [a programming problem], it will pull up some forum that will say ‘here’s how you do that, check this link’”, he says. “You click the link and it’s dead. It’s probably been dead for 10 years.”

Planet X3 is due in May 2019, and is actually a sequel to Planet X2, which was released last year...on C64.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs


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Something to note is that David Murray is also known as The 8-Bit Guy, who has several youtube channels. On his 8-Bit guy channel he does retro hardware reviews and restorations.

And even does documentraries on hardware development history such as with the Commodore. As well as talking about his developments on his Planet X series.

His other channel 8-Bit Keys does music and synth piano reviews.

Overall he’s a pretty talented guy, and I recommend his stuff.

Here is a link to his Commodore History series