Use this tag for compatibility issues with games that will no longer natively run on current generation hardware, like running DOS games on 64-bit Windows systems, configuring compatibility settings for those garbled XP-era Japanese games or looking for legal ways of playing games for the NES. Do ...

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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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Do modern Nintendo DS games still work on the original DS?

I'm attracted by the type of games you get on the Nintendo DS. I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, so would be happy to buy a pre-owned original DS, but will it still play modern DS games? ...
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What happened to 'Stars!'? [closed]

'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.
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Did any of the Metagaming Concepts' games make it to the PC?

I loved those games and always thought that they could have been made into PC games. Edit 1: Sorry, I meant the games published by Metagaming Concepts; Orge, WarpWar, et all.
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How to get old 16-bit Windows games to work on 64-bit Windows?

Trying to play some old Windows 95 games on Windows 7 64-bit, I'm getting the following error: The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your ...
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I have this really old game from the DOS era, anyone know how to run it in my modern machine?

I have a copy of Test Drive III: The Passion, but whenever I run it in my Windows XP machine it runs too fast. Is there any way to run this game in a modern computer?
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Is there a way to hook up my SNES to a modern A/V receiver?

I have an SNES console hooked directly into the back of my TV in the coaxial RF antenna port. However, I would like to be able to switch to-and-from the console with my AV receiver. I currently only ...
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Where to buy/download Commodore-64 games [closed]

Where can I buy/download Commodore-64 games to be run by a Commodore-64 emulator on my PC?
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Why are some 32-bit PC games not supported on 64-bit operating systems?

I have the original box-copy of "Medal of Honor Airborne", where the system requirements state that the game cannot be played on Windows Vista 64-bit. Why are some games not supported on 64-bit ...
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Are *all* items limited to a certain number per game in Wasteland?

My first introduction to RPG gaming was Wasteland on my old Commodore 64. Many of the items that are key to the story line (i.e. servo motors) only appear in a limited number during the game. However, ...
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How can I get Sam & Max Hit the Road working on Windows XP?

The kids picked up a copy of Sam & Max Hit the Road, but I can't get it to install. What do I have to do?