Originally Posted by Marscaleb
And yes, DOS-box and ScummVM are splendid answers to these specific titles we have brought in for example. But they do not work perfectly for all old games. When I bought the Space Quest Collection, I discovered that it was designed to run by implementing Dos-box, but I could only play the latest of the games because all the others ran at too-low of a resolution for my fancy-schmancy LCD monitor to display. (I now use a very heavy CRT instead. Image is better anyway.) An even when using these external applications to emulate old hardware, they require some setup and installation of their own, which increases the hassle.
Actually Scummvms scalers work quite well, as for dosbox if your monitor cannot handle it anymore you have to play windowed.
In my opinion the scaling problem is way worse with consoles, there are a load of people stuck in the Wii virtual console with titles they cannot play on their LCDs anymore unless they drop the component cable, some titles play well.
Not sure if dosbox does´t have also scalers inside!
Unless you hack your wii and install an emulator you dont get access to those titles anymore which you might have legally purchased.
Nintendo fixed the issue only for a handful of games!
The same goes for people who bought a second generation PS3 they are out of options to play their old PS2 games anymore, unless they add their PS2 to the monitor/tv (which for many is a no option)
In my personal opinion the PC is way more open regarding legacy software than any console, because in most cases the emulators do a decent job to do it!
And even if none of this works out you still can install good ole DOS on an extra partition if you want to go through the hoops!
The current stack of machines still can run it without too much hazzle!
(might change once the machines move over to EFI like apple already has done but for now it works!)