Thursday, July 28, 2005

Fanboy? Let me count the ways.

In the realm of computer software, I'm a Microsoft fanboy, a Westwood Studios fanboy, a New World Computing fanboy, and a Blizzard fanboy. Half of those companies (Westwood and NWC) don't exist anymore, as of the last couple years. I guess I need to find replacement fanboyism. I don't think that Valve and BioWare (is BW still around?) are quite there yet; Valve's not simply because they haven't released enough products.

I was reminded of this when I was directed to this series of posts on getting classic games to run in Virtual PC. I guess that someday I may have to use something like Virtual PC to get games to run. I can use DOSbox and VMSound to get a lot of old DOS games to work, and Virtual PC would probably work for Windows 9x-era games. I've feared for a long time that there would be a point when I could no longer play the classics if I wanted to. I think that the ones most in danger are the Command & Conquer games, which have a lot of compatibility problems with newer computers and Windows versions, and Planescape: Torment, which is finicky as well. Betrayal at Krondor and the old Might and Magic games will run fine in a DOS emulator, I'm sure. I'm pretty confident that X-COM and Heroes of Might and Magic will live on in some form for a while. In reality, I'll never actually play them again, though it kinda scares me that I couldn't easily do so even if I wanted to. Maybe when I retire I will embark on an epic, doomed-to-failure fan project called Betrayal at Krondor 2040.

Seriously, though... so many great old games on that page. I played Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, StarCraft, Warlords II, Diablo I-II, SimCity 1-4, Civilization II, MinerVGA (well, that one's not that great), Alone in the Dark (innovative but I wasn't a fan), Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Duke Nukem I-II, Doom, X-COM, X-COM: Terror from the Deep, Dune 2000, Command & Conquer Gold, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, and Dune II. That's one page with a lot of memories...

1 comment:

stack said...

Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure was delicious.