Hello! I am Anatoly Shashkin also known as DOSNostalgicI'm known as DOS Nostalgic because… well, it's all in the name. I'm really nostalgic about DOS! I love video games and computers and I grew up playing a lot of PC games, and so this passion carried over into my adult life. To this day I enjoy nothing else more than talking about MS-DOS games with fellow computer game enthusiasts, which is why in 2009 I started DOS Nostalgia, which began as a YouTube video series, but then expanded into many other things including a podcast, and my constant Twitter presence, where I get to share my daily DOS escapades with the world.
Despite having “nostalgia” in the name, it's not just about nostalgia, but also in a way about preservation of video game history. I love the fact that people get to rediscover forgotten games from their childhoods, or find new interesting games of the past to enjoy for the first time. The world of MS-DOS games and software is incredible, and I love going through it.
Here's one of my less informative, but definitely more nostalgic compilation videos that everyone seems to enjoy:
What is Patreon?Patreon is a way to provide support to the creators of content you enjoy. I use this system myself and I find it fair and convenient. You just designate the amount of money to pledge monthly, and the system takes care of the rest. You'll get statements, so you're able to keep track of everything. You can start pledging, change the amount, or cancel everything altogether at any time.
I'm not about to start making exclusive content and, in a way, make people pay for my videos; that's not what I'm about. All my content will always be publicly available no matter what. So why pledge? Well, keep reading - I also got a bunch of rewards for people to show my appreciation.
Here's one of the rewards. Not this exact thing, just something to give you an idea:
Why am I doing this?I would love to dedicate as much time as possible to producing DOS-related content, but currently don't have any kind of financial freedom to do so. I started this project as a hobby, but I eventually realized that I couldn't deliver the kind of quality YouTube material I liked on a regular basis if I couldn't justify it financially. The world of MS-DOS is incredibly vast, and there's so much amazing stuff other there, and I'd love to dedicate myself to it.
Another goal is to be able to afford an upgrade. Currently I'm using a computer that's a decade old, and I have to jump through hoops even just to create high definition video. Capturing footage from more demanding games from the later days of DOS (like 3D games from 96 – 97) using emulation is also impossible. Needless to say any kind of streaming is completely out of question as well. It would be amazing to fix this situation and be able to produce videos faster.
So what's going to happen?If all goals are met, you'll get a weekly video that will either be a review of a DOS game/games, or some kind of a comprehensive video on a DOS-related subject. There will be smaller weekly videos that don't take as much time to make in addition to those as well, like let's plays, or a short look at a games by a specific developer, and other less scripted stuff. And of course I'll keep throwing in other things, like podcasts, soundtracks, animated logos, and other stuff like you would normally see pop up on the channel.
If I'm able to upgrade my computer, it will will open up a possibility of live streaming, which is something I'd love to do for my Patrons. And if this Patreon is super successful, I'll start talking about Windows 1-3.x games as well!
And of course I'd love to explore areas of MS-DOS that I haven't really touched in the past, such as games from non-English markets, office (and other) software, and even some of the tools for creating DOS games with a possibility of tutorial videos, so you could also create a bunch of new DOS games! There are plenty of possibilities here, and I'm ready to tackle them all.