Old Games Revisited

December 1st, 2010 by jason Leave a reply »

I got the bug tonight to try one of my old PC games.  I still have several of them on my hard drive dating back to the early to mid 1990’s.  Each time I re-image PC, I make sure that I preserve these games by backing up and restoring their directory structures. 

I wasn’t sure if they would work under Windows 7 but I decided to give it a try.  I made a few attempts to get Doom II launched using various compatibility mode settings but none worked. 

When that failed, I quickly stumbled on skulltag.com.  It’s a free Windows download which lets you play Doom and Doom II on modern Windows platforms.  Not only that, you can play online with other players from the internet.  I downloaded and installed the software and I was literally playing online with another player within a minute.

The following videos bring back a lot of great memories of modem and LAN gaming with old friends in my 20’s and are nothing short of amazing!

Doom II finished in 14:41

 

Quake finished in 17:38

Quake 2 finished in 21:06

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2 comments

  1. I’m surprised that you didn’t try a virtualization focused solution first like DosBox or a VM in Workstation 🙂

    I’ll have to check out skulltag.com.

  2. jason says:

    VM running an old school OS would have been my predictable choice, however, I didn’t have the time to invest to get that set up. SkullTag was very fast and efficient. Perhaps long term I will set up a legacy gaming VM. Many of the SkullTag servers use modified .WADs which I don’t have any longer. I’m definitely not getting back into the .WAD download business. I just wanted to play a few classic maps of Doom from my younger years.

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