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Is it better to use DosBox or a MS Dos virtual machine for gaming?

#11ChromaticAngel(Topic Creator)Posted 11/30/2013 7:59:19 AM
Hi C posted...
Lady Une posted...
rusty12000 posted...
Dos for gaming? Why?


If I had to wager, to play DOS games.

Scary as it may be, PC gaming has existed for a while.

A few of us probably even remember what it was like to have to rewind a game.



http://oldcomputers.net/pics/trs80-i.jpg

Never again.


Yeah, I did the same thing, except for me, it was:

http://oldcomputers.net/pics/pet2001.jpg
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#12arleasPosted 11/30/2013 8:40:02 AM
From: Hi C | #010
Lady Une posted...
rusty12000 posted...
Dos for gaming? Why?


If I had to wager, to play DOS games.

Scary as it may be, PC gaming has existed for a while.

A few of us probably even remember what it was like to have to rewind a game.



http://oldcomputers.net/pics/trs80-i.jpg

Never again.


That was my first computer back in 1981 (We got it 2nd hand).... I remember thinking "4K of memory! That's like... a LOT!!"
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#13ChromaticAngel(Topic Creator)Posted 11/30/2013 10:33:17 AM
I would kind of like it if someone would answer the question in the title.
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#14JKatarnPosted 11/30/2013 10:37:54 AM
Seeing as DOSBox is pretty much designed around the needs of games and game compatibility, I'd say it's the better option (and there are extra options like graphic filters, mounting ISOs etc.)
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#15somebody336Posted 11/30/2013 10:40:03 AM
Dosbox
#16JKatarnPosted 11/30/2013 10:40:15 AM
ChromaticAngel posted...
Orestes417 posted...
dosbox is far less of a pain in the ass than the real thing


Well that may be true for Dos games, but I never got Win 3.11 to work on DosBox. OTOH, it took me all of 10 minutes to set up a MS Dos virtual machine with Windows 3.11, so the "pain in the ass" part is over and done and I never have to do it again. So, which is better?


Well, you do know that it's called DOSbox, not "early 90's computer" box, right? Even so, I've heard of people having moderate success running windows 3.1/3.11 for Workgroups on it, perhaps you were using an older version. That aside, the primary design goal of DOSBox is DOS game compatibility, not DOS/Windows application compatibility - a VM is a better choice there.
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#17The cranky hermitPosted 11/30/2013 10:41:49 AM
Your question has been answered a few times, and I'll add my support for DOSBox. There's a guide on VOGONS for installing Windows 3.1 if you want to play 16-bit Windows games.

Though depending on the game, there are better alternatives to DOSBox. ScummVM is generally better for the games it supports, and a lot of popular DOS games have been ported to Windows by fans, such as Doom (GZDoom), Ultima VII (Exult), and others.
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#18Kerr AvonPosted 11/30/2013 12:30:00 PM
DOSBox has the huge advantage that it is easy to set up and use different settings for different games, just use a good frontend like D.O.G., or D-Fend Reloaded and it does all of the hard work for you. On the minus side, since DOSBox is purely an emulator, it might be too slow on your particular PC for any particular game you might want to run (though this isn't likely, as any half-decent PC nowdays can run most games at full speed in DOSBox).

A virtual machine should be faster, but will probably need more configuration work to get it to play the games you like. Windows 3.1 works fine under DOSBox, and I assume it would too in a virtual machine, but your question would be better placed on the VOGONS' forum (Very Old Games On New Systems, a web site devoted to getting PC games from the DOS/Windows 3.x/Windows 9x eras running on current machines) at;

http://www.vogons.org/
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