Alone in the Dark under Virtual PC

Alone in the Dark under Virtual PC

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Released in 1993, Alone in the Dark is a classic thriller game - with a simple polygon based engine.  You take the role of Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood and investigate the death of Jeremy Hartwood.  Upon entering his mansion you soon find out that it is haunted - and have to spend all your time battling off all sorts of ghouls and trying to find a way out alive.  This game was amazingly innovative in its time - and is still quite gripping.  It also runs perfectly under Virtual PC:

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If you want to try a (very short) demo of Alone in the dark - you can download it from: http://alpha.qmw.ac.uk/~ugsu017/pub/pc/dos/alonedrk.zip

As a side note - while I was researching this post I found out that an 'Alone in the Dark' movie has just been released: http://www.aloneinthedarkthemovie.com/ - according to all the reviews it is quite terrible and nowhere near as good as the game.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • Man, it would be nice if Virtual PC were supported on XP Home ... would be a good product to target to home users wanting to play old games.
  • IIRC, VPC runs on XP Home. It's just not supported officially.

    As for VPC being targetted for home users for gaming. It's not and I doubt it ever will be.(at least in it's current incarnation) Creating a product for emulation of old DOS games and a couple of Windows games that do not work on Windows XP would not be profitable.

    Also VPC is quite clunky and confusing to use for someone who just wants to play their games and who don't want to worry about setting up operating systems and such.

    The absolute best way to play old games on new systems is to use a port of the game, like this Alone in the Dark port: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=104884
  • "Creating a product for emulation of old DOS games and a couple of Windows games that do not work on Windows XP would not be profitable."

    That is a ridiculous assertion. By looking at the posts on this forum, there seems to be a great deal of people interested in using Virtual PC for that very reason. The only thing keeping from buying VPC is the poor joystick support. Why can't Microsoft spend it's countless billions of dollars on something that desktop users and PC enthusiasts
    want instead of something they think they need, like another buggy, virus prone operating system (Longhorn) ?
  • i love this game
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