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    Default Is it still possible to play really old computer games today?

    I have almost all of King's Quest and a whole bunch of early SIM games--Sim Earth, Sim Farm. These are OLD. I have the SIM game that came out when the Clintons were trying to get health care reform passed.

    Will any of these work today? On Windows XP? Or 98?
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    Frequently, no - unless you have an emulator (I don't know about the Sim games or KQ in particular). However, there's a lot of interest in classic games - you can get the whole King's Quest series on Steam for 20 bucks, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vineyridge View Post
    I have almost all of King's Quest and a whole bunch of early SIM games--Sim Earth, Sim Farm. These are OLD. I have the SIM game that came out when the Clintons were trying to get health care reform passed.

    Will any of these work today? On Windows XP? Or 98?
    F-Yeah! That's what DOSBox is for. Most games will work fine through the command line though, in 95-XP, because they are 16-bit friendly and all DOS games are 16-bit. The only real issues you should have are with sound because you will have to manually finagle the settings. If you want to really enjoy the old King's Quest games, both of the first two have been remade for more modern hardware by these guys.
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    King's Quest! I totally forgot about that game. I loved that game.. and Sim Farm and Sim Ant!
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    Anyone remember Leisure Suit Larry? I have some of him too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vineyridge View Post
    Anyone remember Leisure Suit Larry? I have some of him too.
    Yup. I played the original as a child.
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    I still search every once in a while to see if anyone has updated (hold onto your hats) Scarab of Ra. I was totally addicted to that game on my first little Macintosh. I still bet I could get through those mazes by memory. The graphics are laughably simple.
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    I loved 7th Guest and 11th Hour...



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    I'll date myself .... I loved / was addicted to 'Zork' ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zork ) No graphics, just words. Played it on PDP-11/70 Interface Message Processors (IMPs) ... the things that were the first internet routers, using an AT&T Mod-40 teletype terminal.

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    i was just wondering about this thetoher day! i remembered how much fun sim city was, and even though I dont know where on earth the cd is, if i ever found it, i know i'd waste a day with it
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