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    Talking Best old games

    I have a circa 2008 laptop that was limping along on XP that I recently converted over to Ubuntu to try and extend it's shelf life until I can afford to buy a new one. I've been really happy with the operating system so far, as it can do 95% of what I need my laptop for. It has a good office suite, it has a good web browser, it can run VideoLAN (VLC) and it can run Audacity.

    The one thing that I miss is that I had all of these old games pre-installed on my laptop that I either can't seem to get to run or I've lost the install CD for them. I'm curious as to what the community has to say on this. I'm looking for *old* games. I have a 1.3 gig processor and 2 gigs of RAM. Anybody got any good suggestions for really great, bang up games that can run on this kind of system? I'm looking specifically for either low cost games and/or games that can run native on Linux. I don't want to throw a lot of money on a game that I might not play for the long haul.

    (For the record I have and *LOVE* "Battle for Wesnoth")

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    Re: Best old games

    Why not simply browse the software center?

    Plenty of old games there.
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    Re: Best old games

    I have, and I do, but obviously I don't have time to play test them all. I was hoping for some recommendations. Which ones are worth the time and which ones are not?

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    Re: Best old games

    Games are like movies and music, everyone has their own tastes.

    What kind of games do you like?
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    Re: Best old games

    I'm a big fan of the original Command & Conquer series, and I LOVED the first "Red Alert", so those kinds of games appeal to me. I also like the Civilization games. I've installed and tried the FreeCiv, but it has a steep learning curve and I'm having trouble getting into it. I enjoy some of the sim economy games like SimCity. I've tried OpenTTD, Lincity, and Micropolis, but the graphics on those are a little *too* low for my tastes. I also love some of the turn based combat games like "Battle for Wesnoth", which, as I said, I really dig. For a little while, I was into MMORPGs, but I don't know of any that can run on my laptop.

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    Re: Best old games

    Here is what I *don't* like. I don't want something that relies on speed and reaction time. Mine is terrible, and with a low-memory laptop, it does not do well anyway on response time. I'm also not big on First Person Shooters.

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    There is hope for those old windows games. Playonlinux is easy to use and I have found it works nice with old window games.

    https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applicat...y/playonlinux/

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PlayOnLinux

    https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/search/saucy/?q=games


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    Re: Best old games

    What about something like 0ad?
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    Re: Best old games

    World Of Goo is quite good, as is Minecraft. You can cut some of the features out of Minecraft,like clouds to speed it up. You can also play in creative mode and not worry about having the stuffing kicked out of you.
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    Re: Best old games

    Quote Originally Posted by heroquestelf View Post
    I'm a big fan of the original Command & Conquer series, and I LOVED the first "Red Alert", so those kinds of games appeal to me. I also like the Civilization games. I've installed and tried the FreeCiv, but it has a steep learning curve and I'm having trouble getting into it. I enjoy some of the sim economy games like SimCity. I've tried OpenTTD, Lincity, and Micropolis, but the graphics on those are a little *too* low for my tastes. I also love some of the turn based combat games like "Battle for Wesnoth", which, as I said, I really dig. For a little while, I was into MMORPGs, but I don't know of any that can run on my laptop.
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