Just a little update on how the site is doing.
20 September 2005:
Classic DOS Games is mentioned on a Japanese website called 100shiki.com
. The story is picked up by japan.internet.com
, Livedoor, and Yahoo! Japan. 1982 people visit within 24 hours. The site never has less than 2400 visitors in a month again. Google mistranslated the final line of the article as "Today entirely the maniac there is no excuse with the article." I liked it so much, it became the site's unofficial slogan.
15 March 2006:
An article about Classic DOS Games appears on Metafilter
. Links appear on bbspot
, and diggdot.us. Over 2000 people visit per day for the next 3 days (2313 on the 15th, 2744 on the 16th, 2590 on the 17th), and things don't return to normal until March 21. 300 visits per day becomes the new normal.
18 May 2006:
Classic DOS Games is declared "Link of the Day" at userfriendly.org
, and 3867 people visit within 24 hours, a record that lasted until March 2009. They gobble up 4.82 GB of bandwidth in a single day!
9 March 2007:
Tired of downtime and unwanted changes from PowWeb
, I switched my webhosting to 1&1
in December 2006, but PowWeb continued to be my registrar for the classicdosgames.com domain name. A few days before the domain expired, I initiated a transfer of registration to 1&1, and PowWeb told me that I hadn't given them enough notice. They told me that the domain name would expire unless I paid for another year, and that I had one month to renew before the name would be archived, at which point I would have to pay a fee to get it reactivated. After all the crap I had taken from them over the years, I refused to pay them one red cent, and bought classicdosgames.org. When classicdosgames.com expired on March 9, virtually all traffic disappeared until, after a month of fighting, I was finally able to transfer the domain on April 9. By then, the damage had been done. Classicdosgames.com disappeared from search engines, and loyal visitors assumed that the site was gone. It took months to recover.
Other than the first few months of site operation (the last time being 12 June 2005), Classic DOS Games has had 0 visitors due to server downtime at PowWeb on two occasions. The second occasion, caused by a server outage from August 20th to August 23rd of 2006, allowed only a single visitor on August 21, 0 on August 22, and only 14 before the site went down on August 20. Since this broke PowWeb's 99.9% uptime guarantee, I asked for, and received, a month free on both occasions. Why did they make me ask for it? Classic DOS Games was never down for more than a few hours since switching to 1&1, and has never been down for any amount of time since switching to HostGator.
The problem with 1&1 was their customer service, which caused me to leave them in December 2008 and switch to HostGator. On 10 April 2009 the database for the DOS Games Compatibility Wiki was completely destroyed, probably due to HostGator's upgrade from MySQL 5.0 to 5.1. Unacceptable, yes, but these things happen. I had similar nightmares with 1&1. The difference is how difficult it was to get such problems resolved.
When something like this would happen with 1&1, I would wait on the phone for 20 minutes to talk to an agent, and they would create a ticket that would resolve the problem in a few hours. In the HostGator incident, I noticed the disaster shortly after midnight. I went to HostGator's website, clicked on the Live Chat button and reached an agent immediately. I explained the problem, he said that he would speak to an admin, and responded less than a minute later that they had restored the database from the pre-upgrade backup. My issue was resolved in seconds instead of hours! I was wasting my money with other webhosts.
Classic DOS Games has had over 10 000 unique visitors in a month on 22 occasions, and for the last 14 months in a row. If not for losing the original domain name, the site probably would have been over 10 000 per month since October 2006.
Human-translated version of the article from 100shiki.com, followed by a portion of the original Google translation, and how Google translates the site today.
Wasted time in days of yore... September 20, 2005.
Classic DOS Games
Say that when you're with an engineer and you'll have to choke down a story about how everything was the best in the good-ol' days of the PC era.
BASIC Magazine this.. acoustic coupler that.. this one time, I was loading from tape...
Those who don't know it will definitely never understand these stories, but the rest remember that strangeness fondly. Whatever the age, it seems so enjoyable to talk about your memories of that bygone time.
If you think like that, just seeing "Classic DOS Games" will make you happy.
This site collects cherished games of old that need DOS to run. Descent, Heretic, Wacky Wheels... it's so nostalgic... If you have DOS (I know you're out there) you should try it out.
Whenever I try to remember just what I wasted my time on back then, I wonder if we can ever make stuff like the things we had at that time.
* There is no excuse for today's articles catering exclusively to hobbyists.
Classic DOS Games
A site that archives DOS games.
Google on 21 September 2005 wrote:It spends to the past the time
Before the this, the person of the technician drinking, the @ it rose even in the story of personal computer type of former times.
BASIC magazine * & *, acoustic coupler * & *, load @ @ with tape * & *.
It is the story which is not understood at all in the person who does not understand, but you remember that it rises abnormally. The experience which thrusts considerable time in any age when speaking, is pleasant ones.
So when you think, the Classic DOS Games just sees the handle forcing.
With the sight of former times the handle it does and the game which can be played with the DOS thickly the @ @ it is. Descent and Heretic, Wacky Wheels * & *. The handle it does too much, * & *. As for the person who has the DOS (it will be?) It probably will be possible to try playing.
When by his past spends time to some activity and tries remembering high, whether it can make service and the commodity which are accepted to the same generation don't you think? the @@@@@.
* Today entirely the maniac there is no excuse with the article.
Classic DOS Games
The sight which gathers the DOS game.
Google on 20 November 2007 wrote:
This past week, engineers and people in?N and old computer system MORIAGATTA story.
Basic magazine, acoustic coupler, the tape is loaded.
Know who is a refreshing idea what to say, unusually excited to remember. What age is a considerable amount of time talking TSUKKONDA experience is not always pleasant.
I think Classic DOS Games sees only NATSUKASHII.
The site is the old DOS NATSUKASHI ATSUME game was played. Descent, Heretic, Wacky Wheels. NATSUKASHI too. Those who have to DOS (which?) Try to play well.
His past is any activity or time spent remembering it, the generation that will be acceptable to create products and services that may be.
* Today is a whole article in Maniac sorry.
Classis DOS Games Classis DOS Games
DOS game collecting sites.
Google on 8 December 2011 wrote:
Time spent in the past (Classis DOS Games.com)
Before this, the system raised in the talks that have old computer technician with people drinking.
The basic magazine, acoustic coupler, the What's on the tape loaded.
Know who has the slightest clue to say, remember that abnormally raised. In-depth experience in a lot of time every time is not always fun talking.
Classic DOS Games is so old and we just looking at.
The site has attracted the old nostalgic game was played in DOS. Descent, Heretic, Wacky Wheels · · ·. Too nostalgic. DOS is a person who has (or will have?)'s Probably time to play.
If you recall the time spent on any activity or my past, I might be acceptable to make the same generation products and services.
* Today was a maniac in the article as a whole sorry.
Classis DOS Games
The site has attracted a DOS game.