Let us harken to the days when the 386 and 486 chips ruled. When there was no MAME.
John W. Champeau, a programmer unsatisfied with the arcade "conversions" found on the NES, Genesis and other consoles and computers of the day, decided to create a programming language geared for gaming.
Instead of a exact copy or code of the great arcade games, he emulated those games.
Although the last entries were released in 1998, they old up beautifully today.
I am guessing with the development of MAME and other arcade emulators, the coders became disillusioned.
I bumped into this great site while looking for some nifty oold DOS games.
There is no exaggeration in saying these games, from Kong to Galaxia (note, these were not exact reanslations of copyrighted games, but pretty nifty tributes), are superb.
It's easy to guess which games inspired these gems.
The games run perfectly in DOSBox. I am not sure if they run on NT,2000 or 98.
In any case, enjoy