What retro activity did you get up to today?

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  1. WuZMoT

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    Haha, yeah, I'm gonna tap that!
     
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    eXo is a legend, and is embarking on one hell of a journey. Whoever they are, they've already collected, catalogued and made available over 7000 games for MS-DOS, and for a platform that is the video game equivalent of the wild west, that is one hell of a job. "eXoDOS v5" was released some time back, and is just nuts in sheer scale and how well it's all bundled and presented.

    Win3xO has been in the works for some time, and is equally impressive. I'd say Windows 3.1/3.11 is the forgotten child of gaming, with most titles around that time still mostly DOS games (even 3D titles like Tomb Raider and the original Quake, moving into DOS+3dfx), and then a bit later jumping on the arrival of a proper Win32 platform in the shape of Windows 95.

    In the middle you've got that poor bastard child that was Windows 3.1, but even then clearly a bunch of games that existed, and need to be documented.

    Here's a big old interview with eXo from 2019 (republished in 2021), which focusses mostly on the DOS side of their work:
    https://www.kotaku.com.au/2021/01/one-mans-quest-to-collect-every-classic-pc-game-in-existence/

    But the stuff they're doing is borderline heroic. Much like the work of people like 4AM who almost single-handedly saved Apple II media, this always seems to fall on the sheer enthusiasm of a single individual, which is amazing to see.

    What I do hope to see is a launcher to match. Would be amazing to see a Windows 3.1 native application that could launch all of these games straight from an in-Windows menu with a double-click.

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    Whoah hold up, I was posting out of date info! Win3xO is old. eXoWin3x is newer!
    https://www.retro-exo.com/win3x.html
     
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  4. WuZMoT

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    Very much the truth, I distinctly remember exiting from 3.11 to DOS 99% of the time our family computer booted up to run a game.

    The most distinct Windows 3.11 specific game I can remember was Indiana Jones desktop adventure.

    I've got an old Windows 3.11 for workgroups certificate of authenticity and manual the size of a phone book from my families first PC in my garage. I'll throw up a pic of it sometime but It's in a box behind and under too many things I don't want to move right now :wired:
     
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    SkiFree is literally my one and only Win3.X gaming memory. Everything else is DOS, Win95+ or console (I had a SNES disk backup unit, and was neck deep in 100s of SNES games at the time).

    Ditto. Win3.1 for me was 100% about school work (mostly MS Works). I had 2 autoexec.bat and config.sys files, one to make Win3.X work, one to make DOS games work.
     
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    Hopefully the Win3x0 collection works OK on real hardware as well as in dosbox.
     
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    If you've got a VESA2.0 compliant video card and high/true colour drivers to match, you'll be apples.

    Also a lot of Win3.x games had MIDI for audio due to their age and the native midi playback of the system, so if you've got a real wavetable card (AWE32/64) or something like an MT32-Pi plugged in to a card that can support MIDI out, there's some fun audio times to be had.
     
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    Robosport was a great hot seat game.
     
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    I may need to find and commission a low end pentium for just this purpose!
     
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    I keep the ExoDOS torrent active in my client, defaulted to not download until there's something I need to pick off the vine. It's marvellous.

    I still support GOG releases etc where the prices are sane. But obviously there are many thousands of titles that are otherwise not available.
     
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    ExoDOS must be big Maxis fans as I was checking out their catalog and digging the style they did it in when it occured to me the logo looked a little familiar....

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    :D:thumbup:
     
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    I did but have since switched over to FlynnsBits' "eXoFlynn Top300":
    https://archive.org/details/top-300-final

    It's the (subjective) best 300 out of eXoDOS' 7000 games, organised to run on the MiSTer FPGA platform's 486 simulation device.

    The older I get, the less I'm interested in the nerdcore aspect of real hardware, and the more I'm interested in accessibility. Emulation and FPGA are really my primary focus lately, and my recent self-induced claustrophobia (3 games rooms full to the brim) has made me realise owning and maintaining endless hardware is not the answer to happiness I was seeking.

    But I digress. I also really like diversity in gaming, and the more ways people have access to things, the better. If the original hardware boffins want to set that up, more power to them. I'm just super glad that eXoDOS has put the long term effort of a Windows10 compatible launcher with DOSBox in, because that's going to open up these titles to a whole new generation, and that's vitally important.
     
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    Don't look at the TotalDOS collection then if you are worried about size haha.
     
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    Cleaned up and readvertised the HP Vectra I acquired recently - it is surplus to my needs. Specs are decent - P3 800EB, 256MB PC133, ATX i815 motherboard with AGP, onboard video/audio/LAN, 10GB WD HDD and a 48x CDROM. Fires up to Win2k without issue, pretty zippy. Got it on Facebook Marketplace for a cheeky $200.

    The Philips 107E5 seems to have been an excellent score - 1280x1024@75hz support, or 1024x768@100hz, image is crisp and the colours are excellent, very very happy with it. The Multimedia Base that is attached to it was missing all cabling (power pack and auxiliary cord), however Jaycar had a small suitable powerpack for only a few pennies. Aux cable should be a doddle to find.
     
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    A great way to support the project is to buy this I think: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/943...h-4tb-hard-drive?ref=shop_home_active_2&crt=1
     
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    I'd never heard of that project before, what an epic effort! Pedantic nerds make the world go round :leet:
     
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    I'm far more interested in game and software preservation, curation and accessibility projects these days than I am tinkering with hardware. The latter brings me less joy, and I realised some time ago that I'm really in this for the games themselves. The hardware was always just a vehicle towards that end, and a computer sitting on a desk with no software on it isn't a whole lot of fun. :)
     
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    That looks like fantastic image fidelity for that era... late 80s porn was so pixelated but we managed. ;)
     
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    The #17 release of the TotalDOS collection is 37.6 GiB's compressed.

    Goddamn.
     

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