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Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by elvis, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

    Jun 27, 2001
    Quick links: (FAQ is in the next post).

    Current games being played:
    * May 2022: Retro Let's Play: "The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind" (2002)
    * May 2022: Retro Racing: "Slip Stream" (1995)

    Please keep this thread to FAQs and HowTos only.

    Retro Racing nominations go in here:

    Retro Game of the Month nominations go in here:

    List of previous games played:
    * Apr 2022: Retro Racing: "Extreme G" (1997)
    * Apr 2022: Retro Let's Play: "Left 4 Dead 2" (2009)
    * Mar 2022: Retro Racing: "Daytona 2: Power Edition" (1998)
    * Mar 2022: Retro Let's Play: "Solar Winds - The Escape" (1993)
    * Feb 2022: Retro Racing: "Need for Speed Underground 2" (2003)
    * Feb 2022: Retro Let's Play: "Galaga" (1981)
    * Jan 2022: Retro Racing: "Iron Man Super Offroad" (1989)
    * Jan 2022: Retro Let's Play: "Ken's Labyrinth" (1993)

    == 2021 ==
    * Dec 2021: Retro Racing: "Star Wars Episode I: Racer" (1999)
    * Dec 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Parasite Eve" (1998)
    * Nov 2021: Retro Racing: "Wave Race: Blue Storm" (2001)
    * Nov 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Bruce Lee" (1984)
    * Oct 2021: Retro Racing: "Colin McRae Rally 2.0" (2000)
    * Oct 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Typing of the Dead" / "House of the Dead" (1996-2000)
    * Sept 2021: Retro Racing: "Fatal Racing" (1995)
    * Sept 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Espgaluda" (2003)
    * Aug 2021: Retro Racing: "F1 Racing Championship" (2000)
    * Aug 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Stubbs the Zombie in: Rebel Without A Pulse" (2005)
    * July 2021: Retro Racing: "Gran Turismo 2" (1999)
    * July 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Chip's Challenge" (1989)
    * June 2021: Retro Racing: "World Grand Prix" (1986)
    * June 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Ghouls 'n Ghosts" (1988)
    * May 2021: Retro Racing: "Indianapolis 500: The Simulation" (1989)
    * May 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Command & Conquer" (1995)
    * April 2021: Retro Racing: "1080 Snowboarding" (1998)
    * Mar 2021: Retro Racing: "Need For Speed II" (1997)
    * Mar 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Blood & Magic" (1996)
    * Feb 2021: Retro Racing: "Moto Racer" (1997)
    * Feb 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Pirates! Gold" (1993)
    * Jan 2021: Retro Racing: "Car and Driver" (1992)
    * Jan 2021: Retro Let's Play: "Warhammer: Dark Omen" (1998)

    == 2020 ==
    * Dec 2020: Retro Racing: "Beetle Adventure Racing" (1999)
    * Dec 2020: Retro Let's Play: "Shinobi" (1987)
    * Nov 2020: Retro Let's Play: "Fantasy Zone" (1986)
    * Nov 2020: Retro Racing: "Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament" (1994)
    * Oct 2020: Retro Racing: "Live for Speed" (2003)
    * Sept 2020: Retro Racing: "Rollcage" (1999)
    * Aug 2020: Retro Racing: "1nsane" (2000)
    * July 2020: Retro Racing: "Carmageddon TDR 2000" (2000)
    * June 2020: Retro Racing: "Super Hang On" (1987)
    * May 2020 Retro Racing: "V8 Challenge" (2002)
    * Apr 2020 Retro Racing: "Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed" (2000)
    * Mar 2020 Retro Racing: "Sega Rally Championship" (1994)
    * Feb 2020 Retro Racing: "Stunts" / "4D Sports Driving" (1990)

    == 2019 ==
    * Late Dec 2019: "Xenon 2 Megablast" (1989)
    * Late July 2019: "Portal" (2007)
    * Early July 2019: "F-117A Night Hawk: Stealth Fighter 2.0" (1994)
    * Late June 2019: "Ogre Battle" (1993)
    * Early June 2019: "Monster World IV" (1994)
    * Late May 2019: "Elite" (1984)
    * Early April 2019: "Donkey Kong '94" [Game Boy] (1994)
    * Late March 2019: "Final Fantasy V" (1992)
    * Early March 2019: "Resident Evil 4" aka "Biohazard 4" (2005)
    * Late Feb 2019: "Super Mario World" (1990)
    * Early Feb 2019: "Shadow of the Colossus" aka "Wander and the Colossus" (2005)
    * Late Jan 2019: "Out Run" (1986)
    * Early Jan 2019: "Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master" aka "The Super Shinobi II" (1993)

    == 2018 ==
    * Late Dec 2018: Merry Christmas!
    * Early Dec 2018: "Myst" (1993)
    * Late Nov 2018: "ToeJam & Earl" (1991)
    * Early Nov 2018: "Bionic Commando" aka "Hitler's Resurrection: Top Secret" (NES, 1988)
    * Late Oct 2018: "Crash Team Racing" (1999)
    * Early Oct 2018: "Final Fantasy VI" aka "Final Fantasy III" (1994)
    * Late Sept 2018: "Cave Story" aka "Dōkutsu Monogatari" (2004)
    * Early Sept 2018: "Silent Hill 2" (2001)
    * Late Aug 2018: "Earthbound" aka "Mother 2" (1994)
    * Early Aug 2018: "Devil May Cry" (2001)
    * Late July 2018: "Super Smash Bros. Melee" (2001)
    * Early July 2018: "Sonic 3 & Knuckles" (1994)
    * Late June 2018: "Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monk's Revenge" (1994)
    * Early June 2018: "Street Fighter II" series (1991-1994)
    * Late May 2018: "Combat" (1977)
    * Early May 2018: "Tetris" (1984)
    * Late April 2018: "Super Metroid" (1994)
    * Early April 2018: "Final Fight" (1989)
    * Late March 2018: "UFO: Enemy Unknown" / "X-COM: UFO Defense" (1994)
    * Early March 2018: "Metal Gear Solid" (1998)
    * Late Feb 2018: "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past" (1991)
    * Early Feb 2018: "Tomb Raider" (1996)
    * Late Jan 2018: "Rocket Knight Adventures" (1993)
    * Early Jan 2018: "Pac-Man" (1980)

    == 2017 ==
    * Late Dec 2017: Star Wars series
    * Early Dec 2017: "Doom" (1993)
    * Late Nov 2017: "Metal Gear Solid 3: Sneak Eater" and "Subsistence" (2004)
    * Early Nov 2017: "Super Mario Bros. 3" (1998)
    * Late Oct 2017: "Pokemon Red / Blue / Green" (1996-1999)
    * Early Oct 2017: "Katamari Damacy" (2004)
    * Late Sept 2017: "Super Mario 64" (1996)
    * Early Sept 2017: "Snatcher" (1988)
    * Late Aug 2017: "Klonoa: Door to Phantomile" (1997)
    * Early Aug 2017: "Wiz 'n' Liz" (1993)
    * Late July 2017: "Day of the Tentacle" (1993)
    * Early July 2017: "Stunts" aka "4D Sports Driving" (1990)
    * Late June 2017: "Turrican" (1990)
    * Early June 2017: "MechWarrior" (1989)
    * Late May 2017: "Daikatana" (2000)
    * Early May 2017: "Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders" (1988)
    * Late April 2017: "Cannon Fodder" (1993)
    * Late April 2017: "Alone in the Dark" (1992)
    * Early April 2017: "Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness" (1995)
    * Late Mar 2017: "Batman" aka " Batman: The Movie" (Ocean, 1989)
    * Early Mar 2017: "Chrono Trigger" (1995)
    * Early Mar 2017: "Bubble Bobble" (1986)
    * Late Feb 2017: "Syndicate" (1993)
    * Early Feb 2017: "Impossible Mission" (1984)
    * Late Jan 2017: "Catacomb 3-D" (1991)
    Last edited: May 2, 2022
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  2. OP

    elvis Old school old fool

    Jun 27, 2001
    [Updated 14 Oct 2020]



    Every so often we play a retro (10 years old or older) game, and talk about it. Join us!

    You can play the game any way you like, on any platform you like. The discussion thread each month will list different ways to attain the game, and methods to play it on retro and modern systems.


    Anyone who wants to is welcome, whether you've been with us from the start, or just want to jump into one thread to reminisce about a title. Chat with us if you've played the game in the past, or join us in playing it again this time around. We'll give you plenty of options to ensure people have the best chance to play the game on their current hardware options.

    Don't be afraid to jump in and try. There's no competition, need to complete the games or post high scores. It's all about the experience, the subjective nostalgia, and the objective history of the titles.


    There's two threads, one is for "Retro Racing", one is for "Retro Game of the Month". We run these concurrently, each thread nominating one game per month.


    Important links are one post above.


    Because old games are fun, are valuable pieces of history (as much as old film, plays, writing or music), and there's so many of them that everyone's missed a few important ones along the way. Also, there's a lot of younger folks on these forums who many not have been old enough to play them the first time around, and it's a good chance to catch up and talk about the games with others playing them at the same time.


    Over time, we'll fill this thread up with howtos, guides, videos and other resources on how to buy the games we're playing, or figure out ways to play them on different hardware (some may need emulators or wrappers to get older software working on newer machines). We'll also cover any ports, re-releases via new distribution methods (various online stores, virtual console type services and whatnot) as well as "remastered" updates that are also an option.

    For console/computer/arcade/emulator specific howtos, see the Retro Sticky Thread:
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2020
  3. OP

    elvis Old school old fool

    Jun 27, 2001
    Want some inspiration? Here's some excellent resources for choosing games to nominate each month.

    Hardcore Gaming 101's extensive master list of articles (can be sorted by game grenre, system, company, etc):

    Racketboy's "Defining Games" series:

    Racketboy's "Hidden Gems" series:

    "1001 video games you must play before you die" (sorted by age, so don't be scared off by page one - there's more recent stuff as you go along):

    Archive.org's "Console Living Room" (play in your browser):

    Archive.org's MSDOS games archive (play in your browser):
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018
  4. BlueRaven

    BlueRaven Brute force & optimism

    Jul 29, 2010
    A couple more here in the curated "MS-DOS showcase" which for some reason are not listed in the main MS-DOS Games library.


    Not that there's a dearth of selections in the main library of course, but the showcase has some faves...
    some Commander Keen titles (games library has 1,3 & 6... showcase has 2,4 & Keen Dreams), also Bushido, Wasteland, Cruise for a Corpse, a few others.

    EDIT: Oops, missed the JSMAME ROMS! That's another 600 or so games to look through... :lol:

    EDIT2: Just found Lemmings. Welp, that's me done for the day. :D:D
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017
  5. OP

    elvis Old school old fool

    Jun 27, 2001
    Raspberry Pi owners, "RetroPie" is a software distribution aimed at helping complete beginners get a functioning retro machine up and running very quickly. With the latest Raspberry Pi 3 hardware and a slight overclock, even N64 and PSX games are able to be played at full speed.

    Raspberry Pi hardware is available at a number of different suppliers. Some like Brisbane-based "The Pi Shop" have packs ready to go with all hardware and software pre-installed and ready for you to add your games:


    Here's a great video guide on getting everything installed yourself. I'll be posting future guides on how to get "RetroArch" (the underlying emulation wrapper that RetroPie and the Emulation Station front-end software use) up and running for use with specific consoles as games pop up.

    Guide for RetroPie 4.2:

    Another good guide for 4.4:

    Last edited: Aug 21, 2018
  6. OP

    elvis Old school old fool

    Jun 27, 2001
    DOSBox automation:

    If you're a GoG user running their provided WIndows or Mac installers, this is probably done for you (or use GoG Galaxy, and it's easier again). Hopefully this is helpful for folks who are trying to set up original software (or Linux users who are trying to get Windows-only GoG releases working on Linux).

    DOSBox can be fed commands which are run in order. You can set these up so that a simple on-liner command can be run easily as a shortcut or shell script to launch you straight into your game.

    Take the PC/DOS port of Syndicate, for example. It mandates that the game must live in "C:\SYND" in order for save games to work. In DOSBox, I would do the following manually (where I have Syndicate installed in a "SYND" folder beneath the paths I mention here) after launching DOSBox:

    Run "C:"
    Run "CD SYND"
    Run "SYND.EXE"

    Run "MOUNT C ~/path/to/games"
    Run "C:"
    Run "CD SYND"
    Run "SYND.EXE"

    I can automate this on in either a shortcut, or via the command line.

    dosbox.exe -fullscreen -c "MOUNT C C:\PATH\TO\GAMES" -c "C:" -c "CD SYND" -c "SYND.EXE"

    dosbox -fullscreen -c "MOUNT C ~/path/to/games" -c "C:" -c "CD SYND" -c "SYND.EXE"

    Set these up as scripts or icons or whatever you want for one-hit running of the game without having to type in a bunch of commands every time.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2018
  7. Krumm

    Krumm Member

    Jun 24, 2004
    If you are using the GOG version you may also need to edit the dosboxSyndicate.conf if when playing fullscreen it can be offcenter 4:3 game on a 16:9 display you may need modify the following values, put fullresolution to your desktop resolution and windowresolution to something simliar in your current aspect ratio

  8. Alby1976

    Alby1976 Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    South Oz
    Just stumbled upon this thread, looking at the names in the list alone brings back a few memories.
  9. MonoJoker

    MonoJoker Member

    Jul 11, 2001
    SE Qld
    If anyone stumbles across or creates something themselves, I'd love the ability to autoboot to a single emulator - eg MAME - so I can use this in my bartop builds for people. At the moment the best I found was http://attractmode.org/download.html which still doesn't really work for that purpose. It would also be cool if you wanted to get an old case from a non-working orignal console and set it up just to emulate that one platform.

    Something for those more tech savvy than me to work out I'm sure :thumbup:
  10. nimmers

    nimmers Member

    Dec 20, 2005
    You can make windows boot into attract mode, is that what you mean?
  11. m0n4g3

    m0n4g3 Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Perth, WA
    Late to the party, but i'll be tagging along with this! I miss the good ole days of gaming, so consider me in! :)
  12. OP

    elvis Old school old fool

    Jun 27, 2001
    I've started a few quick and dirty howtos/breadcrumbs for people wanting to muck around with MAME emulation of certain computers.

    Worth noting that MAME used to be all arcade hardware, and its sister project MESS was for consoles and computers. It made sense for the two projects to formally merge, given how much code they shared and their modular design. Now MAME is the main executable for both.

    I've written guides for
    * Sega SC-3000 and SC-3000H (PC version of the Sega SG-1000 console, the successor to the Sega Master System)
    * Dick Smith Wizzard (VTech CreatiVision clone licensed/branded by Dick Smith in Australia)
    * Microbee 128 (disk guide)
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