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How can I play Yobi's Basic Spelling Tricks on 64-bit Windows 7?

I don't know if you guys know the old PV game known as Yobi's Basic Spelling tricks. I think some people just refer to it as Spelling Jungle as well, its from the late 90s. Anyways, does anyone know ...
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How do I run “Frogger 2 - Swampy's Revenge” on newer Computers

Someone gave me this game as a birthday present. Unfortunataly the installation does not even start under Windows 7, Compability Mode does not help with that. It is a Windows 95 game. How can I get it ...
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The Longest Journey won't run on Windows 7

Upon trying to play The Longest Journey downloaded from GOG.com the intro video isn't shown (I can only hear the sound) and the 3D models during the first scene seem to flicker. I have an NVIDIA ...
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Playing Ultimate DOOM and DOOM II Coop on Modern Hardware

A friend and I want to work through DOOM I and II on co-op over a coming weekend. What's the best way to do this on modern hardware? We don't want graphical improvements and fancy features (except ...
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Why do people use DOSBox over Virtualbox in a gaming context?

I've noticed that a number of people here use DOSBox for playing older titles on modern PC hardware. I am very familiar with VirtualBox, I use it to virtualize several operating systems. I have also ...
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Where to read diary from Wings (Amiga game)

There was a nice WWI flight game from Cinemaware on the Amiga called Wings. Between the sections of the game was a diary which was actually quite a good read. I never played the game to the end and ...
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I miss Microsoft Pinball. Is it available for Windows Vista or Windows 7?

Am I the only one who misses Microsoft Pinball? Will the XP version work on Windows Vista or Windows 7?
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When do you get extra life in PAC-MAN?

In PAC-MAN (iPhone version) you get an extra life when you score 10000. When do you get another extra life?
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What are some sources for WinBolo brains and borgs that have current links?

All of the winbolo links for downloading resources seem broken. Does anyone know of any sources for winbolo brains, borgs, and the like that has current links?
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Is the Wii-U compatible with Gamecube games?

So despite some initial confusion about whether the WiiU was an accessory or a console successor to the Wii, I now understand that it is, in fact, a new console. During its initial presentation, ...
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Is there any point to the Interplanetary Shuttle in Frontier:Elite II?

I've just gone back to Frontier: Elite II using DOSBox and it reminded me of a question that I had when I first played the game: what is the point of the Interplanetary Shuttle? You can buy it, but ...
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Crash and Reboot When Running mame.exe (MAME Emulator)

I downloaded the latest version of the MAME Emulator (version 0.142 - mame0142b.exe) from the address below recently: http://mamedev.org/release.html Unfortunately, when I execute the mame.exe file ...
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Can NASCAR SimRacing run on Windows 7?

I'm trying to run this game on my Windows 7 Home Premium, but the game does nothing. So far I've tried native and Windows XP Compatibility Mode. The game is updated to Beta 1.0.29. Any thoughts?
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The Simpsons Hit and Run doesn't start on Windows 7

And I really really REALLY want to play this game. I've tried everything available on the first results of Google to no avail. The best advice is to tweak the compatibility settings to Windows XP or ...
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How can I play Day of the Tentacle?

I've got a modern PC running Windows 7 x64. How could I go about obtaining, and playing Day of the Tentacle?
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Where, how Caesar III?

I used to play Ceasar III on my power mac g3 (mac os 9) I have now a pc laptop and I was thinking where I could find it and how I could install it, what operating system I should use, ( I have Ubuntu ...
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Are all Xbox games compatible with Xbox 360?

Are all Xbox games compatible with Xbox 360? For example, I want to play Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Would there be any kind of problem?
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Why Doom and not Wolfenstein 3D? [closed]

About 20 years ago, in 1992, Wolfenstein 3d came out (as you probably know). For whatever reason, although it was a really great game for it's time, a lot of people didn't really know about it. Doom, ...
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What factors are behind the recent increase in 2-D video games?

I've noticed that recently there are considerably more 2-D games, especially of classic titles. Mario, DK, Kirby, and others for Nintendo, and no doubt other games for other platforms as well. What ...
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Why did American gamers get to know the C64 but not the Amiga? [closed]

I've been listening to a lot of retro gaming podcasts. What I took away is it seems that many American gamers did have the C64 back in the day, but its successor, the Commodore Amiga, was not as ...
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Why is it so difficult to emulate PS2 games in a PS3?

I know that PS2 games can only be played in a 'fat' PS3 with the right hardware to run it. But why is so difficult to emulate a PS2 game in the PS3 without that hardware? Is the processor, the ...
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Does the Xbox 360 S 4GB support original Xbox backwards compatibility out of the box?

I'm about to get one, and it's something I'd like to know. If it doesn't, will adding the official 250GB hard drive add it?
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How do I 'upload' executables to a Nintendo DS?

My girlfriend really likes old school NES games, and she has a DS. I figured the best way to get her games would be to install a NES emulator like NESDS on her DS. Having no experience with this, I ...
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How can I speed up or slow down old 3D games?

I want to speed up or slow down some directx games for some test purposes. There are some tools or another methods to accomplish this?
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Retron 3 - Does it work with all original system accessories?

Does the Retron 3 work with all of the original system accessories, such as the Menacer or Light Gun? I assume that the 32X and Sega CD are out of the question.
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Is retro Lode Runner available on any modern system?

I'd like to play Lode Runner again. How can I do this on a modern system? I'll settle for any reasonable clone, but only if it does not scroll. I downloaded the NES version on Wii Virtual Console, ...
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Why does RollerCoaster Tycoon (original) on Windows 7 display a black screen on launch?

I'm currently trying to avoid Windows XP mode since the Windows 7 installation itself is a VM (running on a Mac Mini). Regardless, here's my description of the problem. The game successfully ...
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Where to get help choosing older PC games?

I'd like to get some advice on the quality of games older than say 4 years, because my PC is quite slow by today's standards. Does anyone know some good resources for this?
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Where can I find Nuclear Strike & Fury 3?

There are 2 ancient games -- Nuclear Strike and Fury 3. Does anyone know where I can find them to play now? These games are from around 1997, so I guess they should be able to run in a VM with ...
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Worlds Tallest Console

I remember seeing a picture several years ago of "The World's Tallest Console". It consisted of the first generation Sega Genesis and Sega CD, the 32X, the Game Genie,Sonic and Knuckles, with Sonic 3 ...
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How can I play Avoid the Noid on Windows 7?

I have some pretty fond memories of a game called Avoid The Noid. It was some promotional thing from Dominos pizza and was actually a lot of fun. After I dug up my original disk and pulled the files ...
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How can I run Tiberian Sun on Windows 7?

I downloaded EA's free Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun release, but when I try to run it, it complains of missing or broken DLLs. I tried to run the DLL regfix file, but it errored saying it could ...
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What online retailers sell vintage games or box art?

I've been looking for an original Archon I for C64 for ages now, but all the offers on ebay are crazy expensive. So I thought I'd ask if anybody knows an online retailer that does trading of very old ...
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CPU or framerate limiting on older games

There are some older games that seem to eat up as much CPU as you can produce even if only to render frames that they will drop - or perhaps perform some work that I don't consider necessary (since ...
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How do I play the original Dungeon Siege on Windows 7?

I have installed and attempted to play the original Dungeon Siege on my Windows 7 64 bit computer. The game runs, but it is horrible choppy and basically unplayable. Looking around it looks like it ...
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Where can I get a version of Pax Imperia for Windows

Back in the old days I used to have Pax Imperia on an old Mac. That game was awesome, but I've note been able to find a version of it for windows. Does anyone know if there is a version of it ...
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How do I get an older Windows 95/98 game to run in Windows 7 64-bit without some colors looking off?

Recently EA released the first few Command and Conquer games for free on their website. I've downloaded and installed the first one for 64-bit (the download for 64-bit versions of Windows can be found ...
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How can I make Skip98 work on a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit?

My Mother in law was playing to an old freeware Skip-bo game on her Windows XP computer, it's called Skip98. You could still find it by goggling it, but the original site is down. She bought a new ...
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What happened to 'Stars!'?

'Stars!' was a complex 4X game in the mold of Master of Orion. It was a fantastic game from the mid-90's written by an independent group. It was distributed using the shareware model with the upgrade ...
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What back up options exist for NES cartridges?

My beloved NES cartridges are getting pretty old, and recently some of them have been functioning sporadically. Do you know of other backup alternatives other than RetroZone's PowerPak? It's pretty ...
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Adapting game resolution to screen

I have a 1280x1024 screen and some games do not support this resolution. For example, DeusEx support only 1280×960. When it stretches to my screen, fonts gets very hard to read and I don't get the ...
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The disappearance of the joystick

In the Commodore and coin-op days, the joystick was the controller, with occasionally the trackball (for Marble Madness) and the paddle (for pong and similar concepts, e.g. Arkanoid). The use of the ...
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Is there any way I can play TradeWars 2002 on modern hardware?

Is there a way to set up a version of this using modern technology, without having to hack up some kind of modem-emulator? Preferably as a multiplayer version, but worst case just to putz with for ...
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Download and install new Amiga Forever games

The site http://www.amigaforever.com/ offers a product that I've installed, but it has limited games on it. Has anyone successfully downloaded and installed new games for this system? It's all ...
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Is it possible to play Outpost on a modern OS?

I have fond memories of playing Outpost in the windows 95 era, and I pulled out the CD recently and discovered that it will not install on XP and above. I believe the problem is that it utilized DOS ...
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Place to find MechWarrior 2 Matches

Is there anywhere online to find people who would want to play MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries or other similarly old titles?
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Can I play Star Trek: Birth of the Federation any more?

I had a brief addiction to Star Trek: Birth of the Federation back in the day. I don’t have the CD any more. Is it available anywhere? If so, does it run on Windows XP?
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Where can I find Return to Zork?

Is it possible to purchase or download Return to Zork?
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Play DemonFront in a emulator?

I have the PCB but my CAB is actually out of service. I saw that there is a dump of the game out there. But when I try it in MAME, there is just a kind of counter that counts to 0 and then nothing ...
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Why did many commodore 64 games require the joystick to be in port #2?

Why did many commodore 64 games require the joystick to be in port #2, despite being single-player games? I remember being annoyed by having to unplug and plug the joystick between games.