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know what i like best about gaming on a pc

#1tiamat999Posted 5/1/2014 8:18:41 AM
That all my favorite games like marvel ultimate alliance, phantasy star online, and borderlands will always somehow still work 5-10 years from now where as consoles are starting to phase out backwards compatibility
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#2pothocketPosted 5/1/2014 8:26:24 AM(edited)
Maybe you aren't aware but older PC games don't run on modern machines unless you're using emulators like DOS-Box or ScummVM. Also, consoles have been phasing out BC for some time now. It's not anything new.
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#3kingjosh1876Posted 5/1/2014 8:24:59 AM
It's a shame because I wouldn't mind paying a little more for a PS4 and it being a little larger(if that would be the case?), if it meant having full backward compatibility. I'm sure others feel the same too.
#4calcyclePosted 5/1/2014 8:31:10 AM
pothocket posted...
Maybe you aren't aware but older PC games don't run on modern machines unless you're using emulators like DOS-Box or ScummVM. Also, consoles have been phasing out BC for some time now. It's not anything new.


It's a lot better to use an emulator with the same hardware than it is to have to take out an old system just to play your favorite games again.
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#5maybecallsPosted 5/1/2014 8:39:40 AM
calcycle posted...
pothocket posted...
Maybe you aren't aware but older PC games don't run on modern machines unless you're using emulators like DOS-Box or ScummVM. Also, consoles have been phasing out BC for some time now. It's not anything new.


It's a lot better to use an emulator with the same hardware than it is to have to take out an old system just to play your favorite games again.


Amen to that. Especially when the original hardware took about five minutes to load a game into memory from a cassette.
#6A_Soggy_RatPosted 5/1/2014 9:01:59 AM
maybecalls posted...
calcycle posted...
pothocket posted...
Maybe you aren't aware but older PC games don't run on modern machines unless you're using emulators like DOS-Box or ScummVM. Also, consoles have been phasing out BC for some time now. It's not anything new.


It's a lot better to use an emulator with the same hardware than it is to have to take out an old system just to play your favorite games again.


Amen to that. Especially when the original hardware took about five minutes to load a game into memory from a cassette.


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#7JKatarnPosted 5/1/2014 9:12:23 AM(edited)
tiamat999 posted...
That all my favorite games like marvel ultimate alliance, phantasy star online, and borderlands will always somehow still work 5-10 years from now where as consoles are starting to phase out backwards compatibility


*Implying that everyone automatically tosses out their working last-generation console the second they buy the latest and greatest*

Also, who knows what changes Microsoft will make to the kernel/Dx etc. in 5-10 years, it's entirely possible we will end up with a situation where due to fundamental changes in the OS you will have to mess with a VM to play your old games if you're even able to at all. I can think of a few older Windows 95/98 games that won't run on modern OSs due to using 16-bit installers/executables and having the odd graphical glitch due to employing DirectX 1.0/2,0+
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#8Combo MasterPosted 5/1/2014 10:06:14 AM
JKatarn posted...
*Implying that everyone automatically tosses out their working last-generation console the second they buy the latest and greatest*

Also, who knows what changes Microsoft will make to the kernel/Dx etc. in 5-10 years, it's entirely possible we will end up with a situation where due to fundamental changes in the OS you will have to mess with a VM to play your old games if you're even able to at all. I can think of a few older Windows 95/98 games that won't run on modern OSs due to using 16-bit installers/executables and having the odd graphical glitch due to employing DirectX 1.0/2,0+


Why would you have to mess with a VM you would just have to dual boot windows.Wouldn't be that hard for somebody who would care enough if you really couldn't play all the games from the past 15 years or so on the next version of windows. I highly doubt that would happen though.
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#9SteamsterPosted 5/1/2014 10:19:15 AM
JKatarn posted...
*Implying that everyone automatically tosses out their working last-generation console the second they buy the latest and greatest*


I keep all my old consoles.

The problem is I don't want to have four different consoles hooked up to my TV just to play any Playstation game I want.

And I don't want to plug them in only when I want to play something old. Spontaneity happens and inconveniences are inconveniences.
#10BogePosted 5/1/2014 10:23:57 AM
Yeah, I'm frustrated that this generation consoles have decided not to do backward compatibility. I understand why, but it just sucks if I ever want to play one of my old PS2 games or whatever. I have to dig out the old dusty console and hope it still works.
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