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3dfx Voodoo Graphic Card Emulation Coming To DOSBox 156

Posted by timothy
from the but-1996-feels-like-yesterday dept.
KingofGnG writes with this excerpt from King Arthur's Den: "One of the forthcoming versions of the best PC-with-DOS emulator out there should include a very important architectural novelty, ie the software implementation of the historical Voodoo Graphics chipset created by 3dfx Interactive in the Nineties. "Kekko", the programmer working on the project with the aid of the DOSBox crew and the coding-capable VOGONS users, says that his aim is the complete and faithful emulation of SST-1, the first Voodoo chipset marketed in 1996 inside the first 3D graphics accelerated cards on the PC."
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3dfx Voodoo Graphic Card Emulation Coming To DOSBox

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  • Great Job! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <.bassbeast1968. .at. .gmail.com.> on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @12:59AM (#33957550) Journal
    Gotta give the DOSBox guys credit, they make the best even better! I can't wait until Good Old Games have Voodoo built in to their custom DOSBox game installers! Instant Voodoo, whoo!
  • Re:Great Job! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TheRaven64 (641858) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @07:38AM (#33959544) Journal

    I have an 8MB VooDoo2, but what would I do with it? It needs a PCI slot to go in and my laptop certainly doesn't have one of them. It can drive a VGA monitor, but has no DVI output or anything equivalent so the number of things I can connect it to is slowly dropping. I actually do have a machine that can use it in the attic, but setting that up as a dedicated DOS-gaming machine is a huge amount of effort compared to just playing games in an emulator.

    I think I have a Mechwarrior 2 CD somewhere. I never managed to get the GLide version of that to work with the VooDoo 2 - it would be nice to try it with DOSBox.

  • by cgenman (325138) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @07:48AM (#33959628) Homepage

    One nice thing about DOSBox is that it seems to emulate as much as possible in software. That makes it run DOS based games more solidly and consistently than its counterparts that rely upon hardware. If a DOS title won't run natively under Windows 7, and won't run in compatibility mode, it will probably run under DOSBox.

    Software emulation, theoretically, means it won't break.

  • by Schadrach (1042952) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @07:54AM (#33959698)

    Compatibility reasons maybe? It's not like game programmers for DOS liked to use sometimes bizarre and certainly nonstandard ways of accessing various hardware or anything. Except that they did. Quite a lot, in fact.

  • Re:Great Job! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by vlm (69642) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @08:09AM (#33959830)

    Yes! It means I can finally throw my 3dfx card away.

    A (slightly) older generation thought it amusing to hang ancient winchester drive platters on the wall. Bonus points for visual head crash damage.

    I'm sure that "soon" people will pay excellent money for your 3dfx card screwed onto neatly finished wood plaque. Its been a backup business plan of mine in case of unemployment... The ideal target customer is an insecure relatively inexperienced CIO type trying to redecorate his mahogany row office with loads of cash whom wants to appear to be a tech oldtimer. Artistic production value of the whole deal being the key. A four digit price "artistic piece" sale per month would be quite helpful when unemployed.

The bogosity meter just pegged.

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