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#1 dangerballs

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 09:50 PM

Bethesda is providing a free download of Elder Scrolls: Arena (one of the largest RPGs in computer history) of their website as a 10th Anniversary gift. You'll have to download DOSBox to get it to run under XP or 2000.

http://www.elderscro...loads_games.htm

#2 Strider Turbulence

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 11:28 PM

Hell yeah!

I loved Morrowind and the chance to play it's prequel for free is sweet.

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 11:32 PM

Hey, thanks for sharing this tidbit! I also enjoyed Morrowind very much and am glad to fool around with its predecessor.
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#4 Admiral Ackbar

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 11:38 PM

Can't beat free :)

This is how the big three approached E3 this year IMO.

 

Microsoft: "Americans love the xbox like grandma and apple pie."

Sony: "Apples! How do you like them apples!"

Nintendo: "Err, who wants to play Mario Kart? Anybody?"


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Posted 05 April 2004 - 11:45 PM

Hey, thanks for sharing this tidbit! I also enjoyed Morrowind very much and am glad to fool around with its predecessor.


Actually this is Daggerfall's predecessor.

Arena.....Daggerfall.......Morrowind

#6 sm04as

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 11:59 PM

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386/25 MHZ, DOS 5.0, 4MB RAM, 25MB HD Space, VGA graphics card, Mouse, Soundcard (Ensoniq, Aria, Roland, SoundBlaster, Ultrasound).


Thanks! ...finally something my computer can handle. :wink:

#7 Ganelon

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 12:09 AM

Awesome. Now everyone can get into the action. Too bad Arena <<<< Daggerfall and I already have all the Elder Scrolls games.

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 12:11 AM

YEAH!
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Posted 06 April 2004 - 12:47 AM

Is this game any good?

What's it look and play like?

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#10 dangerballs

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 12:53 AM

Its kind of like Morrowind but with Wolfenstein 3d graphics.

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 12:55 AM

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Speaking of which, is anyone else having problems running dosBox? I follow the instructions exactly as outlined, but when I get to the step where it says, "type 'CD\ARENA' and press enter," I get an illegal prompt or something. Excuse my computer illiteracy. :oops:
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Posted 06 April 2004 - 02:42 AM

I got it to work you have to follow the directions for the dos box and assign the C drive first. I played around with the commands created a character and for some reason the game ran like a DOG on my P4 1.8 with 768 of ram. I deleted everything . It was virtually unplayable.

I wish some of the classics can be remade and Windows XP compatible like Daggerfall , Arena, Thief 2 and others.

I would pay for that

#13 dangerballs

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 04:41 AM

I got it to work you have to follow the directions for the dos box and assign the C drive first. I played around with the commands created a character and for some reason the game ran like a DOG on my P4 1.8 with 768 of ram. I deleted everything . It was virtually unplayable.

I wish some of the classics can be remade and Windows XP compatible like Daggerfall , Arena, Thief 2 and others.

I would pay for that


You need to up the clock cycles that DOSBox uses (CTRL+F12, try 10500-10800) and you may also want to up the frames that it is allowed to skip (CTRL+F8, frameskip = 7 or 8).

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 05:24 AM

Im with yellow i get up to the point in dosbox where you type CD\ARENA and it gives me an illegal command error.
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Posted 06 April 2004 - 05:34 AM

Yeah i got it working

If you installed it to C:\ARENA like it did go to DOSBox and type MOUNT C C:\ARENA

Then C:

then finnaly ARENA

READY GO GO GO
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#16 Snake2715

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 01:24 PM

This game is great. I just came here to tell everyone about the FREE download but i though I better do a search first and sure enough.

I almost dont want to download it due to me having such good memories of the game.

There are like 7 things you have to collect and I remember all had these riddles. The game was so cool for its time. A lot of the sound effects are used over and over in movies and games even now.

I am so glad I am getting my old Amd back which will run this perfectly.

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 01:25 PM

This really kicks ass, considering how old it is.

I had to F12 my cycles up to 19220, and it runs perfectly.

HeeHeeHee. I wonder if lots of my old DOS games will run right on this thing?

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#18 dsullo

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 01:27 PM

thanks dangerballs, that helped I followed your directions

"You need to up the clock cycles that DOSBox uses (CTRL+F12, try 10500-10800) and you may also want to up the frames that it is allowed to skip (CTRL+F8, frameskip = 7"

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 01:42 PM

Awesome. Now everyone can get into the action. Too bad Arena <<<< Daggerfall and I already have all the Elder Scrolls games.


Well, too bad Daggerfall > All other Elder Scrolls.

It's just so much better ;-).
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#20 dsullo

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 02:04 PM

will this dos box allow XP users to play thief 2?

Another question. When playing Arena on the DosBox is there a way to have the game full screen. I could not figure that out and I am playing within a small window

#21 emperordahc

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 03:34 PM

will this dos box allow XP users to play thief 2?

Thief 2 is a Windows game. DOSBOX is only for old DOS games.

Another question. When playing Arena on the DosBox is there a way to have the game full screen. I could not figure that out and I am playing within a small window

ALT+Enter, just like all games.

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 05:11 PM

Thief doesn't run on Windows XP, not sure about 2, though..
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#23 Kazaganthi

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 05:38 PM

I started the series with Daggerfall, a beautiful game in it's time.

I've been dieing to try Arena. Thanks

#24 Jujuboy

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 06:22 PM

Score! I pumped muchas horas into Daggerfall when I was around 12 - 13 but arena was before my time, this'll be fun to play around with a little.

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 07:01 PM

Thief doesn't run on Windows XP, not sure about 2, though..


I think you are wrong. Thief runs on my Windows XP and I have always read that Thief II does not run on Windows XP. Either way I thought they were both DOS games. Maybe I am wrong.

I do want to try some of my old Ultima games on the DOS box.

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 08:04 PM

I do want to try some of my old Ultima games on the DOS box.

Definitely. Ultima IV rocks. I also want to get out Masters of Orion, Civilization, and some of my AD&D Pool of Radiance style games. Looks like I'll have plenty to do this weekend!

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Posted 07 April 2004 - 02:09 PM

I think you are wrong. Thief runs on my Windows XP and I have always read that Thief II does not run on Windows XP. Either way I thought they were both DOS games. Maybe I am wrong.


Neither run in DOS.

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Minimum Specifications:
Pentium 200 MHz (with 4MB SVGA Video Card, no Hardware Acceleration)
Pentium 166 MHz (with 3D Hardware Accelerator Card, Minimum 4MB On-Board RAM, 100% DirectX 6.0 Compliant)
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4X CD-ROM Drive
60MB Hard Drive Space

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266 MHz Pentium II or equivalent
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48 MB RAM
DirectX 7.0 compliant 3D accelerated video card
DirectX 7.0 compliant sound card
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4X CD-ROM Drive
250MB uncompressed hard drive space
Keyboard and Mouse

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