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[News] GNU/Linux Brings Old Computer Games Back to Life

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Brings Old Computer Games Back to Life
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 11:38:32 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Play Pac-man (and more!) on your PC

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| If you have a fondness for old arcade games and want to play them again, try 
| the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), a free emulator that lets you 
| recreate the look and feel of old arcade game systems in software. While it's 
| written for Windows, you can run this open source application under Linux.   


Many emulators may not work with Vista. Obsolescence is still the plan. Linux
to the rescue!


Does WINE + Linux support more Windows apps than Vista?

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| WINE supports most of the applications which are made for Windows
| 2.0 up to Windows XP. WINE has the ability to run different versions
| of IE, run most of Adobe's products, run World of Warcraft, Half Life
| 2, Microsoft Office 2003, XP, 2000 and 97, Visio, Quicken,
|     * Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars
|     * Need for Speed Carbon
| [...]
| What about drivers, hardware support, and upgrades?
| Want to upgrade you XP to Vista? no chance. might as well do a fresh 
| install and shell out $300.


Playing Classic Games Under Ubuntu

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| Now if you still want to relive your old days and play these classics
| whether they belong to NES, SNES, or plain old DOS games Ubuntu
| provides a way of playing these classic on your Linux box.


Why console apps still rock

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| The best part about these apps is that they are so lightweight
| and so low profile that you hardly need any processor overhead
| to run them. Back in September I had a 75Mhz Pentium machine
| (that's right, 75Mhz -- not 750Mhz) that could handle all those
| apps -- at the same time -- without any strain whatsoever. They
| don't eat processor time and don't need extra time to get done.


Vista Breaks Applications

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| The big secret at Redmond is that existing applications and new
| products will not work with Vista.
| Microsoft really doesn't want you to know this, but many of your
| existing applications won't work with Vista. In fact, some brand
| new products won't work with Vista. 


Vista breaks 90% of games, claims game publisher

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| Alex St. John, chief executive of game publisher WildTangent, today
| blasted his former employer for a half-baked and negligent way of
| treating the majority of game publishers - small development studios
| and individual programmers of casual games: St. John claims that at
| least nine out of ten games do not work with Vista.


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