First post, by DosFreak
I read Ben's Blog daily and it's nice to see him running DOS games under VPC but sometimes I get highly annoyed when he mentions things that cannot be done in VPC because they were never programmed in.
I saw this post today: http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/ … virtual-pc.aspx
How the hell can you play Xwing without a frickin' joystick!!! AAAAHHH!!! 😠
So I posted the following:
Just use DosBox for crying out loud. […]
Just use DosBox for crying out loud.
Yes, it's entertaining to see Ben test DOS games in VPC but it's not very usefull to do so. Play your games in DosBox. Enjoy your games with all of their features actually being useable. If you have a problem and actually want your problem to be fixed then post your issue at the VOGONS forum http://www.vogons.org (Offical DosBox forum).
VPC has not nor ever will be an optimal or even decent gaming solution for DOS games. There was a brief point in time where it was usefull in some limited situations for DOS games but that point is long past. Use DosBox.
Sorry but it's true. If you cannot use DosBox for some reason then use GameTap (bleh) or for you console people wait for it to be ported to XBL or I guess you can limp along with VPC. I hate these services due to the activation and the inevitable emulation bugs and loss of features but just like in all things usually convenience comes at the loss of quality.
This is not an advertisement. DosBox is completely free and far more feature complete and compatible than VPC has been or ever will be. I'm sure right after this post someone will shoot me down and comment on how completely perfect VPC is and how it can never get any better. They are lying. Use DosBox.
VPC is dead for DOS gaming. There hasn't been any improvements for DOS in VPC since MS bought VPC from Connectix back in 2003. Even then I daresay there weren't that many changes in the final few versions before they sold out. DosBox has been in development since 2002 and will continue to be in development for the forseeable future. As you can see by this compatibility list: http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/comp_list.php?l … ff7f82fa0604bb1
DosBox is highly compatible with DOS games and this only increases with time.
Use DosBox. Use DosBox. Use DosBox. Yes, I sound like a broken freakin' record. I do so for your own good. Use DosBox.
Yeah kind of rude but I hate to see people misinformed and trying to play their games without little things like decent sound support and the ability to use joysticks in the games they were designed for.