Jul 2 2015
Do you remember? Computing in the early nineties? DOS 6.22, QEMM, Windows 3.11? Do you remember the business programs, like WordPerfect, Word for Windows and Lotus, browsers like Internet Explorer and Netscape.
Do you remember the more serious programs like Kings Quest and Space Quest? Do you remember the fun our kids had playing Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear after we installed that expensive Gravis UltraSound card in our 368 driven Personal Computer?
And now, one generation ahead, we remember we have some floppy’s in the attic and we would like to introduce those great games to our younger grandchildren as an antidote against all those first person shooters and highly realistic racing games.
So we take our fancy HD screen, Windows 7 laptop with a huge processor and loads of memory, just to discover there is no floppy drive! Ahah.. we remember, also in the attic under a layer of dust, we have an old laptop with a floppy drive and Windows XP which we do not use anymore after Microsoft dropped its support. We blow off the dust, fire up the beast, adjust the TOD clock, struggle through all the floppy’s during the installation process, just to find out that after double clicking the .exe file, it just doesn’t work… and we are ready to throw the whole caboodle into the trash can.
NO, don’t do that! Take a breath, there is a solution! It’s called ScummVM. It is a collection of game engine recreations that allow old point and click adventures to run on new computers and laptops. Even on other platforms and consoles then they were originally made for! You can, for instance, run a Windows version of Broken Sword on OS X and… it is free! Well that’s nice, but how to do it?
1. Download ScummVM from here (http://www.scummvm.org) and install it on your fancy laptop. Pick the right one for there are versions for numerous platforms. For Windows there is an installer version.
2. Copy the directory with the content of the game you like to run from that old Windows XP machine where you installed it first to your fancy laptop. You might not need all the files, you can check which file are necessary here: (http://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php/Datafiles).
4. If you like to play the game in full screen, click ‘Options…’ and check ‘ Aspect ratio correction’ and ‘Fullscreen mode’, click ‘OK’ and ‘Start’ and off you go!
If the game doesn’t run, there are more options to set in ScummVM, there is a lot of documentation and a wiki on the ScummVM website. Besides that, there are some free games on the ScummVM website and many older games you can run in ScummVM are to be found on the internet.