As long as you're getting it with Win XP
, any game made before 2007 will run flawlessly. Except maybe Buggerfall, because there's a reason it's got such a Fan Nickname
, and System Shock in SVGA mode (because it is a whiny little bitch, even if it is a wonderful game). If it's got Win7 (I assume you are wise enough to avoid Vista like the plague it is), it will take some more effort, triply so if it's gonna be a 64-bit processor - a lot of games don't like that.
is insanely easy to set up if you've ever touched an emulator and/or DOS (preferrably both) before. Anything that had a DOS version, will run flawlessly. Maybe even Buggerfall, but I haven't tried it in Dos Box
in a longish while, so, yeah. As long as the processor in your laptop is stronger than 1,5 G Hz
and the memory is above 256 megs, you will have no palpable issues with running anything in Dos Box
unless you fiddle with the graphical and sound enhancement controls (and Roland MT-32
emulation, because that thing eats even the strongest of computers for breakfast).
As for the actual gaming enjoyment... make sure the keys of the keyboard are ones you are comfortable with, hardy, indestructible and shaped well for your preferred layout of gaming controls (though with older games it is less of an issue of choice... so check WASD and be done with it) and that the mouse you will be getting is comfy too. Unless you're any good with the clitmouse or the touchpad, which most people aren't. Also make sure there are no keys obstructing the comfy use of arrows, because a lot of oldish games rely on these to be easily accessible and mashable and you don't want to be pressing other keys by accident.
Though, of course, I have to ask what sort of games you intend to play and to remember that it's next to impossible to get a 4:3 screen on a laptop these days and 99% of oldie-but-goodie games stretch out to fill those 16:9s and 16:10s because not all laptop manufacturers remember to retain the "keep aspect ratio" mode most modern video card contain to avoid that pesky stretching.
If you have SPECIFIC questions, I'll be glad to answer. Longtime
abandonware/oldgame fanatic here =)
edited 22nd May '11 2:13:30 AM by Noelemahc