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Old 05-29-2005, 04:48 AM   #1
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Dos!!!

Guess what's running on my G5?!! DOS. Ahhhh, this brings back sooooo many great memories.

http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1
http://www.abandonia.com/games/46/Dune.htm

I just started up Dune, now I need to figure out how to get the sound going. This runs fast, just like Virtual PC did on my old G3 333. Microsofts current incarnation of VPC, runs at full speed, but is a bug filled bucket of vomit. They really f*ed up a great program, I wish Connectix would've never sold out to them. But anyways, DosBox is freee and so far it runs great.

I don't know about you, but my fondest memories of computers were with DOS. My old 386DX 40 was my very first built from scratch computer. And this is when all of the greats were out, like Monkey Island and Wing Commander. I loved these games. I wouldn't trade my current comps for an old computer, but now days, things just arn't the same. I'll never be as excited about a computer as I was about my first XT, or that 386.

Blah. Rambles!!!

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DOS rules. Some of the best games ever written were for DOS! :mrgreen:

Typical thing really, they couldn't do so much with the graphics so clever programming and good game design was essential. The music they managed to pull off with nothing but an Yamaha OPL3 FM synth always impresses me...

Nowadays they just throw pretty graphics at us and forget to actually make a game a lot of the time


I just wish I could get all my old Demoscene programs to run under emulaton - I have things like Crystal Dream 2 and Second Reality on my MindCandy DVD, but it's just not the same...!
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DOS rules. Some of the best games ever written were for DOS! :mrgreen:

Typical thing really, they couldn't do so much with the graphics so clever programming and good game design was essential. The music they managed to pull off with nothing but an Yamaha OPL3 FM synth always impresses me...

Nowadays they just throw pretty graphics at us and forget to actually make a game a lot of the time


I just wish I could get all my old Demoscene programs to run under emulaton - I have things like Crystal Dream 2 and Second Reality on my MindCandy DVD, but it's just not the same...!

I agree totally - I find it difficult to get a good game nowadays - everything is graphics - I like UT2004/Quake 3 once in a while - its great to let out frustation by killing people LRC ... but games like the 2D version of Prince, Pacman, BalckJack just to name a few that I played were awesome -

I am honestly thinking of reverting my system entirely back to DOS and leave it like that - but then ...
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I agree totally - I find it difficult to get a good game nowadays - everything is graphics - I like UT2004/Quake 3 once in a while - its great to let out frustation by killing people LRC ... but games like the 2D version of Prince, Pacman, BalckJack just to name a few that I played were awesome -

I am honestly thinking of reverting my system entirely back to DOS and leave it like that - but then ...


Just install DosBox, I'm running it on a Mac. Sooon, Star Control 2 will be running, I just figured out how to edit the config file, so I'm creating a custom one. It's weird with this virtual z: drive it creates.

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Just install DosBox, I'm running it on a Mac. Sooon, Star Control 2 will be running, I just figured out how to edit the config file, so I'm creating a custom one. It's weird with this virtual z: drive it creates.

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thats an idea I could use .. wait a minute - is it one of those Mac-only things or can I use it on anything - knowing you it would probably be Mac only ...

What is Star Control 2 ??? - or is that a really dumb question
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DosBox is available for every platform, the link I provided in the first post will send you to a download page.

You've never play SC2. It's one of my favorite games, and I consider it the best of its type. It's a cross beyond Astroids and a massive Sci-Fi RPG game. Well kind of. Anyways I loved it and would like to play it all the way through again.

http://sc2.sourceforge.net/screenshots.php

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Dos was originally very secure too.... no outside link.
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Soooo true, to it all.

I loved the music from Monkey Island series. I remember trying the game when I first got my 386 without sound and didn't give it a chance. But after buying my Sound Blaster deluxe, I was instantly hooked and played soooooo many games. I could never afford the all mighty Roland, so the SB's music was great for me.

I need to call up some friends to gather up all the old DOS games.

Anyways, I'm glad we moved beyond, DOS, but I miss it sometimes, so thankfully there are these emulators.

Did anyone else play Ultima Underworld? I played it all the way to the end and encountered a bug that would not allow me to finish. I know it was a bug, because I bought the strategy guide after being stuck for a week and sure enought, the freaking game glitched. I never played it again, it took me about 3 weeks to get to that point.

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DUNE 2 is playing. It has sound and everything.

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Soooo true, to it all.

I loved the music from Monkey Island series. I remember trying the game when I first got my 386 without sound and didn't give it a chance. But after buying my Sound Blaster deluxe, I was instantly hooked and played soooooo many games. I could never afford the all mighty Roland, so the SB's music was great for me.

I need to call up some friends to gather up all the old DOS games.

Anyways, I'm glad we moved beyond, DOS, but I miss it sometimes, so thankfully there are these emulators.

Did anyone else play Ultima Underworld? I played it all the way to the end and encountered a bug that would not allow me to finish. I know it was a bug, because I bought the strategy guide after being stuck for a week and sure enought, the freaking game glitched. I never played it again, it took me about 3 weeks to get to that point.

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Nice!

I flew DOS originally on my 7Mhz "Turbo" XT.
Man I loved that thing. Took it about as far as it could go hardware-wise.

I liked it best on my 286 though.
286 12Mhz
2MB ram
2MB ROM card
8 bit soundblaster pro,
9600 baud internal modem
VGA graphics with a secondary monochrome card!

I used QmodemPro for DOS to connect to BBSs, and a cool little TSR to copy text (namely more BBS phone numbers) and paste them onto the monochrome secondary monitor.
Of course 486s running Windows for Workgroups were out so it was easy to cobble that stuff together at the time. (I rode way behind the tech curve)
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My XT blew yours out of the water, it was a "10" Mhz Turbo XT with a Hercules graphic card, and a 20 Meg MFM HD split into 10 meg partitions. Later I updgraded to a VGA card. I had no modem though, and no sound card. Never mind, yours was better.

I wanted a 286 sooooo badly, but I was in high school and couldn't afford it. The XT was a hand me down from my brother. I ended up buying the VGA card and a CTX 14" VGA screen with my tax return and a few months savings.


Here are some more free DOS games;
http://www.the-underdogs.org/

I'm going to download Ultima 3. I downloaded StarControl 2, one of my all time favorites, but I need tinker with the sound settings or something. It quits back out to the DOS prompt shortly after starting. Sooo many games I want to play again. I played "Eric The Unready" for a few. That game was sooo much fun.

I need to edit the config file, so that It will automatically mount my chosesn folder as a "C" drive and enable my CD rom. I stil have Lands of Lore on CD.

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don't forget Ultima 4 is also for modern OS's and DOS.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/xu4/
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Coool. The one I found earlier didn't work.. Soooo, how do I quit? I never played Ultima 4.

And why couldn't there have been more games like this for hte Clié???

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look in the data folder for the original DOS version there is a keyboard chart, map, spell book and other documents.

Quit&Save is 'Q'

and I really don't know why no one ever adopted it for the clie... I think a lot of the old dos games would be great reborn on the handhelds.

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