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Older games on Windows 8.

  1. #1


    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Older games on Windows 8.


    I've just done a clean installation of Windows 8, and have been re-installing my games. I've read a few comments about older games not working under Windows 8, specifically <DX9 and openGL games. This is by no means a comprehensive list, obviously, but all these games will work on Windows 8 without issues. i'll be testing more of my games over the next few weeks, and will add to this thread with those older games which work (or not).

    The big thing ssems to be...have the most up-to-date drivers installed. I had horror-story after horror-story on the CP because the openGL driver support wasn't there.

    And DO use the compatibility mode. it's not as good as in Windows 7, but is adequate.
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    Oops! Just noticed pic didn't post. Fixed now. Sorry. Wenda.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wunderful Wenda View Post
    And DO use the compatibility mode. it's not as good as in Windows 7, but is adequate.
    Hi Wenda, nice game list.

    Compatibility mode in Win8 is fine, actually better: if you get confronted with even older games and 16bit color mode then compatibility mode is the only way.

    Also see this:
    Games Don't display correctly after being minimized

    It depends on the program you apply it to but the compatibility mode got a more important job getting the lower color modes incorporated.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Lol.... I see you've got SOF2 on the list. Brings back a lot of good memories. Must have played the multiplayer "Capture the flag" modus a thousand times back in 2002-2006.

    Great game list!!!
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  5. #5


    Portland, Oregon, USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    It seems ridiculous to even bother making a thread about games that work on Windows 8. If they work then they just work, there's no point in discussing them. People should be concentrated on discussing which games dont work, and possible solutions.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    It seems ridiculous to even bother making a thread about games that work on Windows 8. If they work then they just work, there's no point in discussing them. People should be concentrated on discussing which games dont work, and possible solutions.
    The user experience is important here.
    For some, a couple of releases work that others don't seem to get working.
    I don't know what to say: for instance I can run RA2 Yuri's Revenge without issues on Win8 but other people couldn't make it work at all... and I provided the compatibility settings needed. Still no luck for them.

    So what might work for you can be difficult for others to setup and all possible questions are welcome to be answered in this case.
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    Portland, Oregon, USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    Yes, the user experience IS important. But it still doesn't make much sense to make a single thread just to discuss the games that do work. Any attempt to do so is insane and will fail. Do you have any idea how many games have been released since the invention of PC games? Trying to cram a list of titles that do work (complete with descriptions and discussion) into one topic is just asking for trouble. At the very least, it will be disorganized. Such a thing should have its' own dedicated subforum that is split into multiple threads. And even then there would be thousands upon thousands of threads. On the flipside, the other thing goes for games that dont work. But when a game works on a particular OS people dont tend to discuss it, they just play. But when one doesnt work they immediately go to the Web and start looking for solutions, which includes posting on forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    Yes, the user experience IS important. But it still doesn't make much sense to make a single thread just to discuss the games that do work. Any attempt to do so is insane and will fail. Do you have any idea how many games have been released since the invention of PC games? Trying to cram a list of titles that do work (complete with descriptions and discussion) into one topic is just asking for trouble. At the very least, it will be disorganized. Such a thing should have its' own dedicated subforum that is split into multiple threads. And even then there would be thousands upon thousands of threads. On the flipside, the other thing goes for games that dont work. But when a game works on a particular OS people dont tend to discuss it, they just play. But when one doesnt work they immediately go to the Web and start looking for solutions, which includes posting on forums.
    That's right. I read you loud and clear.
    That's why I DON'T discuss games that do work, I discuss those involved with compatibility/color mode issues to get them to work, and they might work but not on first click. Usually very old ones (to begin with those from the 90's, newer ones are easier to get going but there are always exceptions).

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    It seems ridiculous to even bother making a thread about games that work on Windows 8. If they work then they just work, there's no point in discussing them. People should be concentrated on discussing which games dont work, and possible solutions.
    What is wrong with this thread? If you don't like it don't read it. There is a "Gaming" forum that this thread is part of and you can post another thread at your pleasure and on just the games you want to discuss. I ignore a lot of threads where I have no interest in the subject but don't object to other members having those threads.

    Jim
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    Portland, Oregon, USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    @ Phone Man: I'm not trying to be an ***hole or anything even if that's what I sound like. But if I dont like something then i WILL read it, and post in the topic if I object to something. It just seems useless to try to create a SINGLE THREAD in regards to which games do/dont work on Windows 8, or any other Windows OS for that matter. I have said it before, this kind of thing should have its' own dedicated subforum within the gaming subforum, with multiple threads, preferably one for each game to discuss what doesnt and does work, and maybe a thread (or more if needed) for generalized discussion along those lines. If I were a mod I would shut this thread down, and then post a sticky stating that each game needs to be placed in its' own thread. Anyone that failed to comply would simply have their thread closed, although they would be free to repost it if they do so within acceptable guidelines. The reason I say this is because it is futile to attempt to create a topic that aims to make a complete list of games that do/dont work. That topic would eventually devolve into a disorganized mess.

    That's why I DON'T discuss games that do work, I discuss those involved with compatibility/color mode issues to get them to work, and they might work but not on first click. Usually very old ones (to begin with those from the 90's, newer ones are easier to get going but there are always exceptions).
    In my definition if a game doesnt launch "out of the box" without issues then it falls into the '"not working/partially not working" category and are fair game for discussion. It's complicated even more because everyone has different hardware and what may work out of the box for me may not do so for you and vice versa.
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