Old DOS Games VS New Games

by George 22. April 2017 12:24

Old is Gold, everyone will be familiar with this phrase. Acceding to this, everything which was old, had great qualities in it like gold. Old Games are one of those golds. We are living the age of modern sciences where we can enjoy every facility of life. But with all this ease, we have to face few problems which were not found in the old games.

Following are the few comparisons between Modern Dos Pc Games and old games.

Storage Space

Old Games take minimum space on your PC and does not overfill the storage of our PC. You can install as many old games as you want in your drive but when we talk about New Games, they take a huge storage space on your drive because of their very high graphics.So you can hardly install one or two games on your device at one time, but old games can be installed more than two.

Less price

As compare to New Games, old gmaes can be bought at low price. New Games are too much heavy that they cannot be stored on a single disk and they are stored in more than two disks. More disks are used, more expensive the game is. Old games are not as much as high graphed as they can easily be stored on a single disk and can easily be bought at affordable prices.

More friendly games

People play games to entertain themselves and to relief themselves from the boring working routine but if these games instead of entertaining them give them a headache and demand different things like any user account for the game and money for buying things. Old Games are free of such demands you can play this game easily. No user account, no external money, only you and your friendly game.

Simple yet Amazing

One of the Old Games qualities is their simplicity. You do not have to use your mind to solve the complications of the games. People play games to relax their minds, not to make it more tied. New Games have this quality, they make people use their minds to play the games. But old games are simple and fully entertain the player.

Easy to play

Unlike New Games, Old Games do not have as much high graphics as new ones. These games can easily be played on those devices with do not have VGA cards and the players enjoyed playing these games. New Games has too much high graphics that without a VGA card, PC do not support those games and old games can easily play on the old PC.

So basically, you can conclude from this comparison that the old Games are still good choice unless they are as much advanced as the new Games and do not have as much high graphics as the new ones. But they still entertain many players with their simplicity and make the time of the people very much full of fun, full of entertainment and remember them the old golden times of their lives and put a great impact on their minds.

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Let the Games begin – the return of the retro games

by George 5. April 2017 05:04

Fashion, fads, and fun follow a 20-year cycle – they make their debut, create a rage or stir up a controversy and quietly fade away, only to resurrect a couple of decades thereafter, either in the same avatar or slightly modified and improvised. The old games are no exception to this unwritten law of the cyclic nature of all things man made. They are also referred to as the Retro PC Games or the abandonware (a derivation of the words abandoned software).

Enter video gaming

The old games were quite a leap from the old board games, the only form of entertainment then known to youngsters growing up in the past century. They brought with them awe and attraction to the point of addiction. They were the first of the games in the video industry and even today there are many gamers who look back on them with nostalgia and wistfulness.

While today the world is predominantly digital and everyone is hooked on to gadgets, way back in the 1990s it was a different scenario. Folks were still learning, creativity was low and therefore when a new and advanced breed emerged the old games gradually disappeared from the gaming scene.

Simple functions

The old games, like everything old school, are and easy to master. Fewer buttons and the four direction arrows were about all that these games had. These games are pure relaxation, unlike the modern PC games which call for strategizing and maneuvering while playing. The old games stimulated the mind when playing but did not tax the brain. They were what they were meant to be - a game for recreation.

But all good things do not totally die. They do make a comeback sooner or later in a modified version. The old DOS PC Games have returned with an ‘emulator’ – this is a software which mimics the console and permits you to play the old games on your PC.

The Emulator and its advantages

The emulator offers easy access to your old DOS PC games. All you need do is click open the emulator and load the ROM of the game you intend playing. Yes, that's it. You are ready to start playing your old favorite game.

Using the emulator at home is an economical way of enjoying old games without running down to the gaming studio and spending uncontrollably on the old games.

There are several gaming sites which are preserving these old games so you have at your fingertips unlimited choice from the archives for your fun and entertainment.

Thanks to emulators, the retro games of the 1990s continue to survive and hold the fascination of gamers.

Rodent’s revenge, Chip’s challenge, Indy car racing II, Claw, Aaargh! are just a few of the old DOS PC games that have surfaced after almost two decades in hibernation thanks to the emulator.

Pricing of old DOS PC Games

Pricing of cartridges of old DOS PC Games has been a cause for concern with some unscrupulous sellers charging ruthlessly. False scenarios of demand being greater than supply also tend to push up prices. Rather than follow the herd, use your discretion analyze the actual worth of the game before splurging on a purchase. Spend wisely so that you really enjoy the game when you play it rather than regret when you call to mind the huge price you paid for it.

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The thrilling return of the old DOS PC Games

by George 23. March 2017 14:24

Old DOS PC Games are very much a part of the childhood of those in their 20s today. These retro games are an intrinsic part of their early memories. The games were original in content, each one a whole lot different from the other. They were relatively simple to operate with a limited number of buttons. They were pure fun. As with most things in life, the newer versions attract the crowd. It is purely herd mentality that prompts the gamers to follow the new fads leaving behind the simple and pure joy of the games of the past century. When space proved to be a constraint, the old discs of the retro games were unwittingly condemned to the trash heap.

The originality of the old DOS PC games was immense - no two games shared the same idea or plot. It mostly tried to mimick the reality of life – one learned at an early age that nothing in life comes easy. When you “died” you had to start from the beginning of the level or in certain games, even at the very beginning of the game. A lesson in reality subtly meted out to a youngster, which probably had more effect than a lecture on the harsh realities of life. There was an undying fascination playing the games zillion times. Loading a game helped improve your knowledge of command life interfaces- thus you learned while you had fun.

The initial ideas were simply awesome and the gaming industry garnered USD 5 billion by way of revenue. Although the graphics were not very advanced, nor were there any 3D effects, the games abounded in originality. The game were undiluted fun and fantastic. As with all gaming activity, the games could be very addictive. There was that something special about them that you did not mind playing and replaying the game a zillion number of times. Most gamers frequented arcades to play the retro games, the arcades became a meeting point for social interaction and creating fraternal bonds. Life was all about socializing although you played your game on your own, you still had occasion to meet and chat up your pals at the local arcade.

Fortunately, the industry has realized that folks still like to play the old games and there are websites offering these class old retro games. This brings back childhood memories and the thrill of playing them once again. The software has been so developed that the games can be played without any complex user settings, but just with a click of a mouse. The chance to re-live the childhood experience means a lot to those extreme gamers who talk, walk, sleep and breathe gaming.

 

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Command & Conquer: You're in the Army now

by George 23. March 2017 14:09

http://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Command-Conquer/Screenshot-1.pngCommand and Conquer is a strategy video game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive. The story tells a tale of a savage war waged by two factions: The Global Defense Initiative of the United Nations and a loosely coalesced enemy called the Brotherhood of Nod (led by a man named Kane). These groups fight for control of a substance called Tiberium moving across the Earth. The developers set Command & Conquer in the time of modern warfare. Some added scenes include a variety of Westwood Studio employees playing characters in the game and an actor, Joseph Kucan, to play Kane.

This game requires the player to construct a military base and obtain a variety of resources necessary to run the base to as effectively as possible attack and conquer the enemy. The Nod army is made up of a number of cheap units with more unusual weapons such as rocket bicycles and stealth tanks. There are approximately fifty units and structures. Control of the Tiberium is the goal of the game. Tiberium is transported by harvester units to a refinery for processing. When the player builds structures, more units and structures are for sale. Command & Conquer features two fronts, one for each side. The object of this game is to control or eliminate all enemy structures.

The story opens in an alternate time frame after a meteor explodes in the Tiber River in 1995. As a result of this explosion, a foreign substance called Tiberium becomes very sought after because of its ability to process special metals from the soil. The Brotherhood of Nod claims to have predicted the potential of Tiberium and invests in the technology to acquire and process the Tiberium crystals. The Brotherhood uses this refined substance to prop up an evolving number of armies led by Kane.

Command & Conquer was an initial success selling more than three million copies when it was released. Many reviews were positive. Command & Conquer Gold was rewarded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences as “Computer Strategy Game of the Year” in 1998. Entertainment Weekly praised this game noting, “If you liked playing with toy soldiers as a kid, you’ll think you’ve stepped on a land mine and gone to heaven.” The publication Next Generation referred to it being, “a game that any strategy fans have to pick up.” Computer Games Magazine called the game, “an adrenaline rush in a box.”

Command & Conquer appears to be a video game that morphed well from its inception as a DOS-based product into the highly sophisticated, complex, and energetic version it is thttp://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Command-Conquer/Screenshot-6.pngoday. With its development into a more expert-friendly game, the new player may be lost in the haze. Command & Conquer has a multitude of player, forums, cheats, and Q&A sites so the newer player need never feel alone and may always find someone who has overcome the same challenges and achieved the same successes while playing the game. Perusing more recent reviews finds that the Command & Conquer game series is fun had by all for an exceptionally reasonable cost and, in most cases, free in many respects.

 

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Bubble Ghost is a lot of Fun

by George 20. December 2016 04:18

http://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Bubble-Ghost/Screenshot-1.pngBubble Ghost is a maze game in which you the player put your ghost character through puzzle after puzzle, moving through the rooms of the Bubble Ghost’s mansion while avoiding various traps, tricks and trouble. The Bubble Ghost can be directed in a compass pattern of movement, and blows on a bubble to keep it moving through the mansion (and ideally not popping on the complicated machinery) that is the contest.

Each room has a way in, and a way out, and as Bubble Ghost is already a ghost, he isn’t in much danger himself.... But he does have to keep blowing his bubble, which is in constant motion and likely to pop on the various surfaces that are in the way. Each room of the mansion is a fun arrangement of devices that can set the bubble popping and Bubble Ghost blue, but if you are a crafty player, you will navigate your bubble through each room and keep your Bubble Ghost happy.

Good Interfaces

The graphics are quite nice for a simple game of this kind, pretty for their purposes and not the super creepy style that might go with a game titled Bubble Ghost. Bubble Ghost is essentially a kind ghost, I would presume, because while his mansion is quite strange, his pastime in the game (and therefore your series of obstacles) is to keep his bubble moving through it. That is the entire scope of gameplay, which is suitably enjoyable and pleasant.

Bubble Ghost occasionally has a couple of options how to get his bubble through any given room, but usually it is one way in and one way out. As there are a variety of levels and flat surfaces in the rooms of his mansion, he needs to quite delicately blow his bubble up, down, left, right and at diagonals in order to keep the bubble moving freely and safe from the traps that could pop it. Oddly enough, I don’t recall there being any bathroom in Bubble Ghost’s mansion, so I take it Bubble Ghost is merely a recreational bubble-blowing ghost, as though perhaps he had in his pocket a flask of soap and the little round bubble maker that occasionally is found in the real world making bubbles yet again.

 

Bubble Ghost will keep blowing

There aren’t so many rooms in the game of Bubble Ghost that victory is impossible, and certainly if you enjoy the game you will find yourself playing with enough dedication that winning the game, which entails moving your bubble through Bubble Ghost’s entire mansion, is within the scope of your abilities that can keep you playing. http://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Bubble-Ghost/Screenshot-3.pngThe gameplay is consistently good throughout the game, and while there aren’t a large variety of gameplay scenarios to carry out, you will find that if you like the basic style of the game, you may find yourself playing quite a bit of Bubble Ghost. That, and making an effort to preserve your bubble.

Each room is similar to others, but there truly is quite a bit of variety as crazy mansions go which have Bubble Ghost moving through them blowing his bubble. It wouldn’t come as a surprise in the least if Bubble Ghost’s bubble occasionally pops, but if you are a skillful player at puzzle games, you will see Bubble Ghost succeed and keep his bubble flying through each and every room of his mansion.

 

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Blood: Revenge against the Dark God

by George 4. April 2016 07:55

The First Person shooter game has a fascinating plot and a dark but compelling story line. You are Caleb, a merciless gun fighter who has to pave his way in a cruel world, at the age of 17. One among the top old DOS PC games this is divided into several ‘episodes’ based on the story and your purpose as Caleb is to navigate through multiple levels in order to take revenge against the dark lord. Large rewards await you if you come across those hidden secret areas in the game. The game features a large collection of weapons ranging from ordinary guns to bizarre objects like voodoo dolls. 
In course of the game, Caleb meets Ophelia, a victim of assault by the dreadful Cult of Tchernobog. Her husband and child were killed and house burned. He was not moved so much by her rugged beauty as her story that she conveyed during her incoherent mumbling. Eventually, he falls in love with the girl and takes her in.


The game begins with Caleb rising from a tomb, and declaring ‘I..live..again’. He boards a train, Phantom Express, from the “Miskatonic Station”, and later ends up blowing the train as he fights his way forward. The game is filled with horror and cruelty filled themes. While on the path back to the Hall of the Epiphany, which is fraught with peril, Caleb faces numerous puzzles, foes and challenges. Caleb can’t accomplish his mission alone, of defeating Tchernobog. The combined power of the Chosen, a cult, will drive their fate to victory. The protagonist awakens and finds himself cold and damp. He is a complete stranger to himself; his master didn’t let him die. Filled with rage his scream resonates with that of his master; WHYYY!!?


Gameplay
The game permits both single player and multiplayer gaming with the help of LAN, modem or serial cable connection. Blood is one of the most addictive old DOS PC games. The player passes through a range of explosive barrels, puzzles, combination lock doors, dodging lava pits and crushing blocks to venture ahead towards the next level.
It is one of the earliest games to facilitate secondary attack modes. The ‘super secret’ areas in the game are difficult to find but possess great reward for the player.
The game incorporates 4 episodes each one made of 9 levels, 7 normal levels while the other two as a secret and a boss level. Most part of the game scenario resembles the 20th century cities, like pubs, museums, civil buildings, mall, mills and hospitals. Some levels consist of Victorian or Edwardian architecture. You may find yourself on board a train on a certain level while in a haunted house in another. The last episode of the game occurs in a setting surrounded by evil temples also featuring ceiling and floor made of blood and flesh. During many scenes in the game, enemies are blown into pieces and rains down on you. Heads are chopped off and kicked around showering blood. The game ensured a violent atmosphere in every theme. The fantasy element found in most old DOS PC games is not missing at all in the ‘Blood’.


The last episode
The player finds himself in a strange land with a laboratory which supposedly is owned by a mad-scientist. Diving into an aquatic lab he ends up in a charnel house. Reaching the final showdown, Tchernobog’s voice could be heard saying “I have awaited you” and asking to kneel before him. Caleb throbbing with rage battles the dark god and finishes him.
If you are a lover of old DOS PC games, you definitely cannot miss this one.

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How to play old games.

by George 22. January 2011 12:11

With modern operation systems(OS) based on Windows, Linux or MAC OS, you mostly cannot play old games designed for MS-DOS or old Windows distributions like Windows 3.1 or 95. This article shows your the possibilities of how to play those games.

If you have an old game and an OS that cannot play it properly, you have following options:

Emulator

This option is mostly reasonable for DOS games even when there are some Windows emulators for Linux or MAC. Emulator is a program, that can run a different  program in an environment typical for this program. For example MS-DOS emulator for Windows can run MS-DOS programs in Windows environment.

The best DOS emulator you can find is definitely DOSBOX. About 70% games run in default configuration and you can customize settings for almost every old DOS game. There are several PC emulators like BOCHS but they mostly have poor performance and you will probably not be able to play more complex games. PC emulator is a program emulating a complete PC, with a DOS image, you can boot up a whole new virtual computer. Those emulators are quite ineffective in compare with virtualization mentioned later. You can google some more stuff if interested, just look for "DOS emulator" or "PC emulator" for your system.

Something a little else is VDMSound Project. It emulates old sound card and other hardware to allow playing old DOS games directly under Windows. Unfortunately, this emulator is currently not working with Windows Vista and 7. But if you have NT/2000/XP system it's definitely worth a try,

DOSBOX

I will focus on DOSBOX DOS emulator because it is a top of all possible emulators. DOSBOX is available for a wide range of OS including Windows, Linux, MAC and even Solaris is supported. There are also a lot of different frontends available to download at dosbox page. Complete documentation is available here. We will focus here only at some specific options.

When you install DOSBOX, you can play your old games pretty easy. In Windows, you can drag&drop game executable file at the desktop icon and the game will start instantly, detailed description is located here, with workaround for other OS. DOSBOX has some shortcuts to enter/leave fullscreen, change graphics, etc. those shortcuts are available here. Take your time to browse the documentation a bit, it cannot hurt you. Those basic information will be enough to play a wide area of games. Some games however require some special settings to work. every DOSBOX installation contains a configuration file. Name and location can differ based on OS but when you find some game not working with default settings, you will have to change it. Please note, that you will need a specific configuration file for every game that don't work with default settings. You can use program parameter -userconf to load a specific configuration file. Please keep in mind that there can be multiple .EXE files located in your game directory. Refer to the game manual about the meaning of every file if not sure. When you start a DOSBOX without a parameter, you will get a DOS shell. All commands you can use are listed here. You can also use some utilities, take a closer look at MOUNT (for mounting disk devices including CD-ROM), CONFIG (For managing configuration files) and KEYB or IMGMOUNT can be pretty usefull.

Virtualization

In computing, virtualization is the facility that allows multiple operating systems to simultaneously share processor resources in a safe and efficient manner, a facility generically known as hardware virtualization. In the late 1990s x86 virtualization was achieved by complex software techniques which overcame the processor's lack of virtualization support and attained reasonable performance. In the mid 2000s, both Intel and AMD added hardware support to their processors making virtualization software simpler, and later hardware changes provided substantial speed improvements. Source: wikipedia.org

Virtualization is a good option to run both Windows or DOS games. You just have to setup a virtual machine and install an old Windows distribution or a simple DOS. Ideally install Windows 95/98 if you have some and you will get a DOS boot capability for free. If you wish to install a DOS only I recommend FreeDOS. It's free and has a lot of modern useful tools included. You can get a nice full distribution packed to an ISO image.This method is unfortunately much more complex and requires some basic skills with OS installation and with DOS OS. Anyway there is a project called RetroUSB that can be very helpful since you can boot an image directly to you virtual machine without a further configuration.

There are several virtualization tools that you can get. Windows users will probably choose a VirtualPC because it can do the job fine and is available for free. A simple guide is already available at our Blog here. There are several other tools like Xen or Qemu but they require advanced computer skills to get them to work. See more information at their web pages. The most suitable solution for all OS is definitely VMware. It is basically not for free, but they offer a VMware player for free that is sufficient for our purpose.

Compatibility mode

This option is for old Windows games that cannot be run normally. This can be done under Windows only. Modern Windows OS have a mode called "Compatibility mode". In this mode, you can simulate an environment of older Windows systems like Win95. Some old Windows games for Win95/98 or even earlier will work in this mode. You may be even lucky with some newer DOS games.

You can set a compatibility mode for an old executable you wish to run that was designed for Windows 95 or even older. Some DOS games can run too but don't count on it too much. To initiate this dialog simply select preferences of the executable you wish to run. Selecting all checkboxes is usually a best choice but you can experiment with it.

Further discussion

You can discuss your related questions in this forum thread. I will eventually expand this article.

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