laptop incident

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Tue Sep 14 17:01:26 2004

On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 03:10:37PM -0400, Joshua Boyd wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 10:46:30AM -0400, chris wrote:
> > ...I recommend PC's all the time. Why? Because people...want...
> > games.
> Games? I'd say buy a PS2 or gamecube.
> Or, to be a bit more classic, a Saturn, NeoGeo, or TG16.
> Why screw up your computer choice for games when a seperate game box is
> only $50-$150 (depending on which one and how you feel about
> referbished).

Or, if you are interested in older games, there are DOS emulators that
do a fine job - I've been playing X-COM on DosBox on a Linux machine.

DosBox exists because these older games are really fiddly about their
environment (sound especially). With some games, your choices pretty
much are a) have a real 486-class machine, ISA bus, certain sound
hardware, certain video hardware, etc., or b) emulate said environment.

Of course if your taste in games runs towards modern things like Doom3,
that pretty much specifies what kind of machine you need... (for the
unaware, min specs are 1.5GHz CPU, 384MB RAM, 64MB 3D video card...)

IIRC, MMORPGs like EverQuest, Asheron's Call, etc., not available for
consoles like the PS/2. If I'm wrong, then a game console would still
be a solution. I do not know if they are available for any environment
outside of Windows... but as they are a common answer when people are
asked "games? What kind of games?" that, too, may shape what kind of
machine would be required.


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