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First post, by moknok

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Why? Who needs a desk and chair! Does anyone do a retro machine to a couch on large screen? Kind of like a console environment.
list what you did to accomplish it serial extension cords, vga to hdmi adapters, wireless etc.
Joysticks seem difficult to do on couch unless you use a gamepad type.

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Reply 2 of 5, by The Serpent Rider

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Depends on how deep retro you want. On Windows XP? Sure, not a big problem to setup mouse/keyboard remapper.

Last edited by The Serpent Rider on 2022-05-21, 11:38. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 3 of 5, by jheronimus

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I'm almost certain there was a DOS menu program with joystick support somewhere, but I can't remember the name. In any case, that would probably be the way to go: configure all games in that menu app, add it to autoexec and use joystick to navigate from couch either using a menu program or some TSR that converts joystick action into keypresses (unless that would conflict with actual games).

For video I had nice results with Gefen VGA2HDMI scalers, it does video as well as sound (up to 1080p60, if I remember it well).

The biggest question would be just how playable the games would be with a joystick. I mean, shooters would definitely be a no-go (IMHO not even some of the modern "boomer" shooters work well without a mouse). Flight/Space sims often require a lot more buttons than a regular DOS joystick/gamepad can provide (unless we're talking about HOTAS, but even then a keyboard might still be required). That would probably leave platformers (think Jazz Jackrabbit, Duke Nukem 1/2, Jill of the Jungle, Commander Keen) and maybe most driving games.

Then, of course, there is a problem that there are no good wireless joysticks for DOS machines. I think there are dongles that allow connecting modern gamepads to Gameport, but I don't think those work with bluetooth or 2.4g joysticks.

All in all, it would be a very complicated setup with ultimately not a great experience. IMHO a better option would be getting something like Raspberry Pi or a cheap x86 box, installing some kind of launcher (EmulationStation, Pegasus, etc) and getting source ports. There are great open source ports for a whole lot of DOS games, from Doom/Duke Nukem/Quake to Tomb Raider, Jazz Jackrabbit, Descent and even XCOM. Most of them have modern gamepad support and extra features like better rendering options, MIDI soundfont support, etc.

Reply 4 of 5, by Joakim

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Maybe you want to try some retro gaming consoles for this purpose. Otherwise I'd recommend a laptop with a good adventure game if that's your thing. 😀

Oh and maybe the commodore cd32 if you're into that. PC wise it sounds frustrating. 🙁