First post, by kjliew
This is one of the difficult games to get it working on modern system. The game installed ANC32.VXD into the WINDOWS/SYSTEM folder, so I was wondering how those unofficial patches ever made it to work on anything other than Win98/ME. Perhaps access to VxD wasn't the critical path to get the game running. With Win98 VM on QEMU, everything has become so simple, just rip the CD, install, patch to last official 1.5 version and play. The game worked great at consistent 25 FPS, controls was smooth and responsive and the dirt trails was rendered perfectly (contrary to the full emulation from "the other camp" 🤣). I wonder if it was supposed to look that way for the mighty Voodoo 3 since "the other camp" craved for accuracy to much ... For QEMU, it just let modern GPUs handle the work, rendering at max view distance and quality and scaled the max resolution 800x600 to anything.
Now, everyone can play the masterpiece on Windows 10 and modern Linux alike, without going for the low-quality console version. 😁 PC games rule!
Video footage is also available from my YouTube channel
Codemasters Colin McRae Rally (1998) scaled 1024x768 on QEMU Win98 VM