First post, by Kelly Stiver
It's just the usual upgrade itch. It's hard to resist making a retro rig "just a little faster". On and on it goes. It evolves into a desire to build the imagined "ultimate retro rig" even though that's impossible unless by "retro rig" they mean Win9x and newer games. Unfortunately (or not) most Win9x games work fine in XP however so even a modern rig can run a lot of them just fine, and so building a "retro rig" based on 2002/2004 hardware is rather pointless (and hard to call retro anyway!).
I keep wondering why out of deep curiosity, with DOSbox, VPC, ScummVM, VMware Player, etc., why build retro computers in the first place? I mean, doesn't the name "VOGONS" stand for "Very Old Games On New Systems"?
As for me, I used to keep a Packard-Bell PC (DOS/Win 3.11) and a CTX PC (Win 95/98SE) in my office to play all my old games, but since I started using DOSbox, and putting Win 98SE into my new machines via VPC and VMware Player, I've discovered I like my new setup better, the games run just fine, and as a result I gave my old computers to a friend in March/April of 2009, and to date I've never missed them nor regretted giving these old computers away.
But of course I play mostly pure adventure games (DOS/Win 95/98) and a few space combat sims (Wing Commanders, I-War, Star Rangers, Tachyon The Fringe, Star Wars, that were designed to run in DOS/Win 95/98). So far, I haven't even tried them in DOSbox, VMware Player (because I'm currently in the process of getting 2 new Win XP computers - a new netbook and a Core 2 Duo system next month, and thus I don't want to start playing these space combat sims on my current PC's that I may be soon replacing with the new PC's next month), but I'm very positive that I'll find a way to get them to run just fine.