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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Legal ways of playing old games that aren't for sale any longer

There are a few old games that I want to play again (mostly Earthbound for the SNES), however I am finding it REALLY hard to get hold of a copy for a good price, as well as the requirement of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are all PSN PSP games compatible with PS Vita?

It is well known the PS Vita is not backwards compatible with any UMD-based PSP games, as it uses a different, not compatible storage media. Sony also confirmed that PSP games purchased through PSN's ...
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Playing Old LAN games over internet

There are many old games which had solid LAN gaming systems (like Red Alert 2) and were fun to play with friends. But now that we have internet would it be possible to setup any kind of virtual LAN to ...
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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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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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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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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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Installing a 16-bit Windows 95 game, NBA Live 98, on 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium

I am trying to install the 16-bit game, "NBA Live 98" on my parents' desktop computer, but I got a message that says, word for word: The version of this file is not compatible with the version of ...
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How does PS Vita work with PS1/PSP games?

What do PS1 and/or PSP games look like on the PS Vita? Do they fill the screen? Also since the PSP has only one analog stick, for PSP games like Monster Hunter where they used the PSPs face buttons ...
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How do you play old Windows games that use Quicktime?

There are a few old Windows games I have that I can't get to work on Vista. The problem is usually Quicktime. For example, there is a game called Bad Day on the Midway, that I just can't get to work ...
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Are classic games released on Steam somehow optimized for modern computers?

I'm wondering if classic games (released earlier than say 2000) on Steam are somehow optimized to run on modern OS's and/or hardware? I own one such game, but it always takes some time to set it up ...
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Does the Vita's backwards compatibility with PSP games extend to PS1 games?

Specifically, those purchased legally through the PSN Store. It seems like it should, but I can't find a definitive answer anywhere.
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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?
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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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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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Is the slim PS3 capable of playing PS1 and PS2 games?

I used to have one of the bulky PS3's (recently deceased) and in the future, I am planning on buying a slim PS3 since it has extra data space. Now one thing that I really liked about my old model was ...
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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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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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Lara talks at hyperspeed?

I found an old old copy of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. I got it installed and at first it ran super-fast. So I googled and found the advice to turn on Wait For V-Sync. Now the menu and game ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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Playing oldgame in Dosbox, is sound blaster or Roland better?

I'm playing an old game in Dosbox. The game asks me whether my sound card is Sound Blaster or Roland. What should I choose for best sound? Game happens to be ...
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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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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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Is the Homeworld series compatible with Windows 7 x64?

I remember I greatly enjoyed the Homeworld series back in the early 2000s, and would like to play the games again. Homeworld Homeworld: Cataclysm Homeworld 2 However, I'm concerned that they may not ...
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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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Playing Diablo 1 on Windows 7

I just found an old copy of Diablo (the first game) in a box and whacked it into my laptop I purchased just yesterday. After the quick install I hit play and found that the screen remained black ...
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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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How can I change the default battle keys in Star Control II?

I got an original copy of Star Control II and I am playing it under DOSBox in my Windows 7. It all works beautifully. However, the game come with a file named "keys.exe" which does affect the keys in ...
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Warhammer 40K PC game not Playing on Windows 8.1

I recently upgraded my computer to a windows 8.1 HP Envy computer, when I tried to run the game after setup and installation it failed with an error message. This applies to DOW1 DOW winter assault ...
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Are there any maps of the cities and the planet surface for Mars Saga?

For the old Commodore 64 game Mars Saga, I've found maps of the caves but no maps of the surface or the cities. Anyone know if they exist somewhere? Additionally, are there any other interesting ...
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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 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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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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Do regular Wiimotes work on the Wii-U?

I went all in when the Wii came out and got 4 Wii-motes right away. I do not want to buy new Wii-motes to play party games if I get the Wii-U. I mean it seems silly if everyone just needs the D-pad to ...
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Play PS2 data on remastered PS3 game

I have reading up on this online but I haven't found anything. Say I were to copy data from my PS2 memory card and transfer it to my PS3, using Sony's memory card adapter. Could I then use this data ...
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Playstation 3 Backwards Compatibility and Upgradability

My PS2 has finally died, and I am looking to hunt down a PS3 60GB for the hardware backwards compatibility. I've located a few for ~250$. Since I've never really used a PS3, I have a few questions. ...
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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 ...