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'''''PC Booter''''' or '''''Boot Loader''''' is a general term for software that runs on early IBM PCs that require you to boot directly into the program rather than first booting into the operating system. This practiced was followed in order to have access to precious computer resources that would otherwise be used by the OS. Many games produced for IBM platforms in the early 1980s were PC Booters.
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'''''PC Booter''''' or '''''Boot Loader''''' is a general term for software that runs on early IBM PCs that require you to boot directly into the program rather than first booting into the operating system. This practice was followed in order to have access to precious computer resources that would otherwise be used by the OS. Many games produced for IBM platforms in the early 1980s were PC Booters.
  
 
Although many non-IBM platforms also supported booting from a disk ([[Apple II]], [[Commodore 64]], etc.), this was the expected behavior for those platforms, so a special term is not needed to distinguish software on those platforms.
 
Although many non-IBM platforms also supported booting from a disk ([[Apple II]], [[Commodore 64]], etc.), this was the expected behavior for those platforms, so a special term is not needed to distinguish software on those platforms.
  
My family's first computer ran MS-[[DOS]] 5 and [[Windows 3]], so I never owned a PC where boot loading was common, but I have used them, and many IBM compatible PCs that I used continued to support boot loading long after it was necessary.
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My family's first computer ran MS-[[DOS]] 5 and [[Windows 3]], so I never owned a PC where boot loading was commonplace, but I have used computers that do, and and many IBM compatible PCs that I used continued to support boot loading for memory intensive games.
  
 
==Games==
 
==Games==
Sadly, the early IBM PC was a terrible platform for gaming, so there just weren't that many fun games released for it. Most of the good games at the time were released on the [[Commodore 64]] or [[Apple II]].
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Sadly, the early IBM PC was a terrible platform for gaming. Graphically, you had access to black and white or a [[CGA]] card, and audio topped out at the [[PC speaker]]. Because of these limitations, few games were built for the early PC, and those that were released weren't that good. Most of the good games of the early 1980s were released on the [[Commodore 64]] or [[Apple II]].
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==

Revision as of 16:59, 20 December 2017

PC Booter or Boot Loader is a general term for software that runs on early IBM PCs that require you to boot directly into the program rather than first booting into the operating system. This practice was followed in order to have access to precious computer resources that would otherwise be used by the OS. Many games produced for IBM platforms in the early 1980s were PC Booters.

Although many non-IBM platforms also supported booting from a disk (Apple II, Commodore 64, etc.), this was the expected behavior for those platforms, so a special term is not needed to distinguish software on those platforms.

My family's first computer ran MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3, so I never owned a PC where boot loading was commonplace, but I have used computers that do, and and many IBM compatible PCs that I used continued to support boot loading for memory intensive games.

Games

Sadly, the early IBM PC was a terrible platform for gaming. Graphically, you had access to black and white or a CGA card, and audio topped out at the PC speaker. Because of these limitations, few games were built for the early PC, and those that were released weren't that good. Most of the good games of the early 1980s were released on the Commodore 64 or Apple II.

Links