ruthan wrote on 2021-01-01, 22:54:
@t9999clint - Welcome to the club, so far its designed to be hard and complicated and waste your time in name of so called user education..
It isn't as hard and complicated as you would have thought.
In the end, it will save you a lot of time. Imagine the time to scout E-bay for used parts, maintaining retro PCs and the probability of old electronics break-down due to wear-n-tear. Imagine the long list of patches and tricks to get old Windows games working on Windows 10, hunting down unofficial, community patches and so on. Imagine if the game installation screwed up your machines that you need to reformat and reinstall the OS ..... and so on.
QEMU has saved my time, of course I did put effort to learn to use it proficiently, there is no such thing called free lunch in this world. DOSBox is the best solution for DOS games, I became part VOGONS community because of DOSBox and that was more than 15 years ago, it saved me a lot of time for playing my favorite DOS games. Technologies enabling virtual machines have come along and maturing. Even if Wine can run the games on native Linux, I still prefer to have Wine running from Linux VM to have the isolation that installing those games won't interfere with my main OS, whether it is Linux or Windows 10. I have been looking forward for QEMU to support old Windows games.
If I want to play old Windows games with a machine 20 years later, then I want the absolute best from those games. What's the point of those 20 years if I still have to tune down the graphics details or lower the view distance/texture quality. That is the major let-down of PCem, I don't want a shiny new Core-i9 or Ryzen 5950X to perform like Pentium II 233MHz if I can afford one of those CPUs.