There was recently a security update by Microsoft implemented for Windows 7 and 8 that breaks native compatibility with a very large handful of old CD-based games, namely anything with SafeDisc or SecuROM write protection built in. This security modification is built in to Windows 10 and cannot be worked around. The following is a highly abbreviated list ...
You need a virtual private network (VPN) for this. It will trick your games into thinking you and your friends are all on the same network.
Although it looks like it was bought out recently, it still appears to be free; Hamachi does exactly this. Everyone logs into Hamachi and it creates a new network adapter that acts as a private network. Games as old as ...
A 64-bit operating system won't be able to run a 16-bit program. For more info, see these Super User posts:
Why 64 bit OS can't run a 16 bit application?
How do I get 16-bit programs to work on a 64-bit Windows?
This question on Arqade: How to get old 16-bit Windows games to work on 64-bit Windows?, is similar to yours, but the solutions in the ...
Not all games available on Steam work with newer PCs.
While some old games "just work" on newer OSs, many other games have compatibility issues which make them buggy or unplayable when you don't have the "required" OS. For example, the Space Quest collection has trouble running on Vista/7.
I would say that if a game doesn't state your OS specifically, you ...
All PS3s are capable of playing PS1 games, whether they are on disc or downloaded from the PSN.
Only some earlier fat PS3 models can play PS2 disc-based games.
Recently though, Sony have begun adding "PS2 classics" to the PSN store, which are playable on all PS3s. They appear to be using a full software emulation to play these games.
Presumably they have ...
No sorry, but Sony have said they are aiming to make as many compatible as possible. Heres a list of all the initially compatible games.
I found this FAQ which answers a few questions but I'm not sure if this is the definate answer you were looking for. It says (about half way down):
Q: Is PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games like PS3,...
Yes, regular Wiimotes are supported by the Wii-U.
This page on Nintendo's website says:
The Wii U console is capable of supporting two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.
Update 1: PSOne Classics will come to the Vita August 28, 2012 (Joystiq)
Update 2: On August 28, PlayStation Vita firmware update 1.8 went live, enabling the Vita to play select PSOne Classics. IGN has a list of compatible PSOne games.
Update 3: At this point most, but not all, PSX classics are supported on Vita. As per a recent mixup, all PSX games were ...
PSP games can be upscaled and bilinearly filtered to the Vita's full resolution of 960x544. Also, the colorspace can be changed to brighter colors to take better advantage of the Vita's OLED screen.
The second analog stick is configurable in PSP games to emulate any of the following:
The left analog stick.
The face buttons.
The L and R buttons.
@agent86 had a fairly good answer. I've tested the following step-by-step solution which is essentially what he suggested. Please note that this is a fairly convoluted method of running Reversi.
First, get a copy of DOSBox and install it inside Vista. If you don't have a copy of Windows 3.1 on your hard drive already, see this guide on how to create one ...
Yes, it is completely possible.
As a matter of fact, there are several different kinds of software that already exist that do this. Though I know several more exist here is a list of the ones I am aware of:
I am only familiar with older versions of Hamachi as I have not used it often since the software was acquired by LogMeIn.
Original PS2 and PS1 games running on the PS3 (this applies both to the disc versions and the downloadable versions from the PSN store) save and load to virtual memory cards on the system. If you use the adapter on your original memory cards, they'll transfer into these virtual cards and be usable by the original versions.
Remastered (i.e. HD) versions of ...
There are a couple of options that can alleviate the issue of older games running way too fast on modern machines;
Some games (ie: the original Grand Theft Auto) have built in frame limiters, see if yours does
If the game supports a 'Vsync option', control the in game FPS by changing your monitor refresh rate
Buy a patched copy of the game from another ...
You only need to run this once per game's .EXE file. No more need to manually close or use software that will close Explorer.exe every time you run a game.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 break color compatibility with certain applications that depend upon palette-based, 256-color graphics. Due to changes to DirectX and DirectDraw, the colors ...
The firmware should only be especially relevant if you have the 80GB model that implemented software emulation (which was comparatively poor at first, although I believe newer firmwares improved it some). The earlier 20GB and 60GB models actually have the CPU and GPU of a PS2 onboard, so it's practically working natively, and that'd be the best approach. ...
A company called Device Side Data produces a device called the FC5025 which can adapt a 5 1/4" drive to a USB port. You will still need to power the drive so this approach will require either an external power source or a tower or desktop computer. There are also other limitations to this device, such as the inability to write to the disks or to read most ...
So my basic question is...are Windows 7 32-bit users doomed to never
be able to play old games like that?
This really depends on the game. Windows 95 was Microsoft's first 32-bit operating system, but designed to give a lot of compatibility to let enable earlier 16-bit software from MS-DOS and earlier versions of Windows to still run. Some games of this ...
First of all - Stars! is a 16-bit application, and for technical reasons, 64-bit versions of Windows cannot run those directly - if you have 64-bit Windows, you cannot run this game without a secondary OS. 32-bit Windows 7 should have no problem running the game, but I haven't tested it personally.
If you have Windows 7 Pro or Ulitmate, you can download the ...
I've had a few issues with Dawn of War over the years, so I thought I'd share my experiences. You've mentioned that you've done some of these steps, but for sanity's sake I'm going to list them all anyway:
Working with what you've got
Sometimes Windows' permissions & security can get in the way of you actually using your PC.
Navigate to where the Dawn ...
You can call upon the Xbox 360 guide by pressing both, simultaneously, the View and Menu buttons (the new Start and Back buttons). See here for a controller layout reference.
Reference: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility FAQ
The reason that this game no longer works is outlined by the other answer and this other question on Arqade. Basically there was a security hole in Windows 7 and 8 that Microsoft patched that makes certain write protection not work anymore. There is a simpler and safer solution to the problem than the one outlined in the other answer though (note that ...
The Virtual Xbox360 is not able to use any external storage devices connected to the XboxOne.
As outlined in the Xbox One Backwards compatibility FAQ, the Xbox360 shares saves with the Xbox one via cloud storage. This is because it's the storage the 360 has access to.
How do I pick up at the same place in a game on Xbox One where I left off on Xbox 360?
Whilst the other answers deal primarily with re-releases or legal sites to play ROMs of games, I thought I'd share an option that has been an excellent addition to my living room: The RetroN 5!
The RetroN 5 plays the original game cartridges for:
Game Boy Color
Game Boy Advance
Master System (via ...
Have you got a component video cable (that's the official Sony variant, but many generic ones are available for cheaper) for your PS2? Most PS2s came with composite video cables (1 video and 2 audio outputs) This cable has 3 video outputs and 2 audio outputs. You can pick them up cheaply nowadays.
You can also edit the PS2's output format in its setup, ...