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The most conventional memory, yep I did that too, also wrote batch files to launch games and with flight sims to launch a Thrustmaster HOTAS script and then launch my sim of choice.

My 486 DX2 66 MHz had 4MB (yes MB) of ram and that was considered a lot back then, most machines ran 2MB of ram the way most machines run 16GB of ram these days.

My first PC was a 386 DX 33 MHz 2 MB ram with DOS 5

A good program back then for freeing up conventional memory was QEMM, still had to sometimes tweak my config.sys and autoexac.bat files though.

By the time I was playing DOS games the machines I had were overkill for the task. biggrin.gif I had a Tiger machine with a Pentium and 16MB of RAM. Loved that thing wish I still had it.

Anyone remember Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Final Unity? Great game with awesome voice acting from the original cast.
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That shareware Lotus racing game, I hardly got to play it for some reason, and then what happened to it ??????. It was like driving around mountain roads, IDR what happens if u drive off the cliffs, but I do remember it being very hard at higher speeds, and so I imagine I drove off cliffs to death, but IDR

Are you sure it was a shareware? Test Drive (or Test Drive II) would fit your description, but Lotus wasn't the only available car there.
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The most conventional memory, yep I did that too, also wrote batch files to launch games and with flight sims to launch a Thrustmaster HOTAS script and then launch my sim of choice.

My 486 DX2 66 MHz had 4MB (yes MB) of ram and that was considered a lot back then, most machines ran 2MB of ram the way most machines run 16GB of ram these days.

My first PC was a 386 DX 33 MHz 2 MB ram with DOS 5

A good program back then for freeing up conventional memory was QEMM, still had to sometimes tweak my config.sys and autoexac.bat files though.

I remember spending 100 bucks I slaved over to purchase 4 MB of ram to get it up to 6 MB. 486 dx66

That was after a failed attempt at creating a .bat file to free more resources. Whatever I wrote completely erased the entire hard drive down to the low level. Windows 3.1 gone. My mom was on the phone with Compaq for days trying to figure it out while I played dumb...

I also remember having a hell of a time trying to get a scanner to work with the damn machine, couldn't get the pci (i think?) card to work. IRQs and such being an issue, can't remember all of what I had to do, but finally got that to work.

Sigh, those were the days.
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Sim Tower.

Street Rod.



ahhh, memories biggrin.gif
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I dont think anyone else has mentioned Hero's Quest.. later renamed Quest for Glory by Seirra. It was an epic RPG series spanning 5 games and 1 SVGA reboot of the original.

Put a lot of hours into those games on my 386sx. One of my fondest memories as a kid for sure.
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ULTIMA series!!!!! Ultima VII is one of, if not the greatest RPG ever! I still have all the boxes, maps and everything from each game in the series.

Tie Fighter
X-Wing
Falcon
Darklands (another RPG gem, Again, on of the best EVER. Real world 15th century Germany with some myths and legends)
AD&D TSR/SSI Goldbox / RPG games
Wing Commander
M1 Tank Platoon
Jetfighter
Gunship 2000
Pirates!
Loom
Knights of Legend
Dune II
X-Com UFO Defense

Civilization (based on hours played; for me, the best game ever created)
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Lords of the Realm II

Still play it on my work computer with Dos Box.
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Anyone remember transport tycoon? I remember playing that for hours and having a blast even though it became unmanageable after a while.
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The Ultima series, specifically Ultima 7: The black gate and the second part The Serpent isle. One of the best games ever made imo.

VII was pretty good, one of the best I guess. Trouble is that, for those of us who had been playing Ultima games since Akalabeth, it was also the first Ultima game that didn't really "feel" like an Ultima game. The graphics were much improved sure, but it lost the old school tile-based map that is what distinguished Ultima from everything else. Heck, you couldn't even type your "questions" to people anymore, it was all point and click. And you no longer controlled your party members, they had minds of their own (and really bad AI...never give Iolo a fireball staff!!!) I was pretty upset when I first realized how different the game was from a "real" Ultima.

Serpent Isle, not so much for me. The changes in VII I had adjusted to, but now we aren't even in Britannia? There's an entirely different virtue system? This was a step too far for me (and it only got worse with U8). But to top it all off, as difficult as it was to get games working in DOS in those days, Origin's proprietary 32-bit memory manager (named Voodoo) was a hot freaking mess...why they didn't just use DOS4GW like id did with Doom I cannot fathom, since it came free as part of Watcom C++ (I know, because I had a copy and used it).

FYI, the "Dragon" in my name comes from the Ultima Dragons Internet Chapter, aka UDIC. I used to have an Ultima map for Warcraft 2 floating around the internet, but it doesn't seem to be around anymore (at least I can't find it on Google).
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Are those games kinda like daggerfall? Never played them.

No, they are top down. Ultima basically invented the top-down CRPG, as Wizardry sort of did for the first-person CRPG. Ultima started on the Apple ][ platform, with all other versions being ports through U5. Beginning with U6 it moved to DOS, as the Apple was just too old.
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In my DOS days, loved Ultima Underworld 1 and 2, first System Shock as well, did a bit of Serpent Isle also.

Now we're talking, Underworld is IMO one of the best RPGs ever made. Yes, it was not a "real" Ultima, being first person and all...but it was not a mainline Ultima anyway, so I forgive it. But it was a 3D game out before DOOM (by about a week), and it was "real" 3D (you could be on different elevations on the same X/Y coordinates), as opposed to DOOM's 2.5D (really 2D, but drawn on the screen so it looks 3D). And the skill system...no classes, be whatever you want. Obviou today, sort of groundbreaking back then.

Surprisingly I never did System Shock, but it's in my GOG library. Guess I ought to get around to it one of these days...I loved SS2.
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Having said that I don't think I'll be able to resist the old Lucas Arts Star Wars space combat games currently steeply discounted on Gog. Probably X Wing vs Tie Fighter is all I need though. Was this title DOS or Windows?
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Pretty sure all the Lucas space battle titles were DOS.

Nope. X-Wing and Tie-Fighter were DOS, but X-Wing vs. Tie-Fighter was Windows and used DirectX.

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Anyone remember Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Final Unity? Great game with awesome voice acting from the original cast.

Definitely a good game that felt like a TNG episode, but it was also Windows.
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Definitely a good game that felt like a TNG episode, but it was also Windows.

Its definitely DOS, unless it was ported later to Windows. I have the original disc, and I remember having to load a CD driver from a floppy into DOS to get it to run.
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No, they are top down. Ultima basically invented the top-down CRPG, as Wizardry sort of did for the first-person CRPG. Ultima started on the Apple ][ platform, with all other versions being ports through U5. Beginning with U6 it moved to DOS, as the Apple was just too old.

Weren't the later Ultima's 3D though? I like the old school top down RPGs. The Exile(later Avernum) games were good too. Most those are Windows though.

Among the best in my opinion is Ragnarok. Its still one of my favorite RPGs and still holds its own in depth and gameplay. I mean what other game can you mix potions that let you polymorph into an enemy in the game? Or make your legs disappear? OR let you change sex? Amount of eyeballs? Give you heat vision?

Love the randomness. Its a free download now since its freeware.....

No excuse for not trying it. One of the most underrated RPGs of all time.
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