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Greg W
17-08-2010, 09:17:39
Just moved house and frankly have a lot less space to store stuff. So, out are going a lot of my old computer games. Looking back, I don't think I have ever thrown a game out. Or if so, not many.

So, I took a strict "am I ever likely to play this game again" policy to apply to keeping games, with one exception. That being that I am still keeping all my old Civ games in original boxes, including SMAC.

Some of the old stuff I ended up chucking included:
Lands of Lore
Command and Conquer: Collectors Edition
Ultima IX
Wizardry: Bane of the cosmic Forge
Wizardry Gold!
Pirates! (after I got Jsorense to bring it over from America for me and all)
F4: Fleet Defender
Star Wars collection (XWing & Tie Fighter & XWing v Tie Fighter)
Dark Reign (Aussie developed "clone" of C&C)
Everquest (everything up to PoP)
Betrayal at Krondor (on 5&1/4" floppies no less)
AD&D Gold Box games collection (9 of them altogether)
Geoff Crammond's Micrprose Grand Prix 2

And about 30-40 others, all in the old large box format. I've created a lot more room, but I feel like I have lost a child or something, even though I'll never play any of them again if I am honest with myself.

Cheshire Cat
17-08-2010, 10:56:18
I hope you didn't just throw'em in the garbage, but gifted them instead to some social care / children center or something.
Or some vintage PC games museum.

MDA
17-08-2010, 11:20:04
I still have Wasteland for the Apple including the manual, paragraph book, and cardboard sleeve packaging. Gotta wonder if there's usable data remaining on those old disks.

JM^3
17-08-2010, 12:13:00
I got rid of games for the first time in my life last year.

JM

Greg W
17-08-2010, 13:11:11
I hope you didn't just throw'em in the garbage, but gifted them instead to some social care / children center or something.
Or some vintage PC games museum.Garbage it was.

Greg W
17-08-2010, 13:58:55
Forgot Wing Commander III and WC: Prophecy too. There's a part of me thinking about going and getting them out of the bin, taping the boxes back together (cos I cut them all down with a Stanley Knife) and keeping them.

My name is Greg and I am a game hoarder. :nervous:

Beta1
17-08-2010, 14:21:43
dumped a lot when I moved out of london.

Now i get pretty much everything through steam - solves the storage problem nicely.

Ellipsis
17-08-2010, 19:45:18
I still have most of the games I've ever bought. I mostly play old games, anyway. Bought Might and Magic I-VI yesterday, but that was a download.

Greg W
18-08-2010, 02:26:01
I still have the M&M I-VI collection, bought it when it was released. Along with the Ultimate Wizardry archives and the Ultima Collection. Still regularly play Darklands and UFO: Enemy Unknown (XCOM: UFO Defence in America) as well.

I am beginning to like the Digital Download method, though I have some issues with Steam.

Balthagor
19-08-2010, 17:28:55
I've got an old copy of a game "Fallen Haven" that I played for hours but I can't get it to work on XP/Win7. But I've even got old SSI D&D games on 5 1/4 in the basement.

Ellipsis
22-08-2010, 03:05:04
Greg: What would you recommend to play Ultima VII? DosBox or Exult?

Ellipsis
22-08-2010, 03:08:12
Also, I can't get Wizardry 8 to work in either XP or Win 7.

Greg W
22-08-2010, 14:37:54
I did get Ultima VII working a while ago now on my old PC. I can't remember what I used, but I think it was Dosbox. Especially as that's what comes with the Ultima collection. Have also taken a bit of a liking to D_Fend reloaded as a front end, but that's rather beside the point.

Haven't tried to get Wiz8 running, though I do have it. I think I played it on XP though... There's some info here (http://vnboards.ign.com/official_wizardry_8_board/b5140/112044225/p1/) though from a guy who got it running on Win 7 64 bit.

Ellipsis
22-08-2010, 15:41:53
Thanks. I saw that earlier, and I've tried everything, it just doesn't want to work. I haven't finished Wiz 8 before, and now it seems I won't be able to :(

Greg W
22-08-2010, 16:08:44
Create a partition on your HD and whack Win98 on it and dual boot?

Ellipsis
22-08-2010, 16:38:24
I think I may have to do that. Then I could play Discworld Noir as well, which is another game that doesn't work.

MDA
23-08-2010, 11:08:19
I can't remember if I ever finished Wizardry 8 either... I played it forever but I can't remember an ending. Random encounters sucked, I remember that much.

Ellipsis
23-08-2010, 14:50:02
Yeah, I remember now. The first dungeon was great, then I got outside and the encounters became frustrating. Maybe best left alone, then. Discworld Noir, on the other hand, was great.

I think I'll play MM3-5 first, and then go on to Ultima VII. Betrayal at Krondor any good? Heard great things, never played...

Greg W
23-08-2010, 15:06:58
I think that B@K had one of the better stories ever for a game. Especially as it was written by Feist himself. Also was released as freeware ages ago now, so no licensing issues. I liked it at the time, but must admit that I haven't been inspired to go back and play it again.

I can't even remember much about Wiz8 tbh. I remember I played it, but don't ask me anything about it. I did replay Wizardry 1 in the last year or so though. That was fun. :beer:

MDA
23-08-2010, 15:10:13
I think Betrayal at Krondor is free now. I loved it at the time, and bought a similar game called Betrayal at Antara as well. I think Antara used the same engine but had an entirely different story/universe.

Return to Krondor I finished in a few hours. It wasn't necessarily bad from a story point of view, but it was very short.

Greg W
23-08-2010, 15:16:20
In a few hours? Jeese, I remember playing it for days. Then again, I always did like to explore every nook and cranny of everywhere...

There was also Antara, yes. Same engine, new world. It wasn't received by critics anywhere near as well as Krondor though. I think I played it for about 20 mins then gave up on it.

MDA
23-08-2010, 15:28:11
Betrayal at Krondor or Return to Krondor? The second one was the one that I just burned through.

Greg W
23-08-2010, 15:31:47
Return to Krondor? Don't think I have ever heard of it. Which could explain why I missed that you typed in something different.

Greg W
29-08-2010, 12:18:45
Having a bit of a think about wizardry 8 too. I wonder if it's something similar to the issue Paradox games have with running on modern computers/OSes. Perhaps try installing the latest version of Direct X 9. Yes, it can co-exist with DX10 (or 11 or whatever the hell we're up to).

Link can be found here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0cf368e5-5ce1-4032-a207-c693d210f616). Could be worth a shot at least as I know Paradox games need old functions of DX that just aren't found in the current version.

Venom
30-08-2010, 14:02:17
Exult works great for Ultima 7. I have it on my work laptop and break it out when I need a break. which is pretty much every day because I'm so lazy.

Venom
30-08-2010, 14:04:31
What would really help this issue the most is if game companys would let go of the rights on their super old ass games. Then they could be shared. Surely there has to be some law that would allow them to retain the intellectual rights, yet still free the game?

MDA
30-08-2010, 14:27:39
current law apparently says if they don't protect their IP like Scientologists, they lose all rights to it

Venom
30-08-2010, 14:40:54
Copyright law iz gay