Virtualized DOS Gaming in 2018

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  1. Your write-up was recently linked to on VOGONS, and I just wanted to say that it was a very nice read. You did good research and summarized very nicely that which is known to many veterans of the DOS gaming community, but which is often hard to convince others of: that for the purpose of enjoying DOS games, DOSBOX is generally far superior to tinkering with real hardware.

    Thanks to DOSBOX’s open-source nature, there are enthusiasts taking it to directions beyond what is officially supported by the core team: such as 3D accelerator (Voodoo) emulation, and support for running Windows 9x inside DOSBOX. I do not have firsthand experience as to how viable this solution is; for early Windows games I typically found that there are game-specific patches and fixes that allow them to be run on a more modern OS, such as Windows XP, often with emulated 3D capabilities (e.g., nGlide).

    • Jason says:

      Thanks for letting me know that. I didn’t know that site existed but it looks cool. I’ll check it out. I haven’t tried any old Windows games in the ways I tried to use DOS games as described in that guide. Most of the older Windows games I played were some of the popular ones so they’re all available on Steam and GOG (Quake II, Unreal Tournament, etc.). It’s good to hear that people are taking the initiative to patch some of these older games and keep them alive.

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