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Long-Lost forum member returns #1263410
12/20/21 05:53 AM
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I was a regular here on GameBoomers up to about ten or twelve years ago. Then my computer died, and when I tried to log in with my new machine, it wouldn't let me. It seems as if it thought by account belonged to someone else, and I was dead-ended. Now that computer has itself died, and this is being written on my current "new" machine, and I seem to be getting through. But my Kate Walker avatar has been replaced with the letter "A"; is there any was I can get my Kate avatar back?

Thanx,

Antoinetta

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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263416
12/20/21 06:16 AM
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Welcome back. wave2


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263419
12/20/21 07:23 AM
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welcome back also.

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263429
12/20/21 09:28 AM
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Hi Antoinetta, welcome back! wave

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263431
12/20/21 09:33 AM
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welcome back Antoinetta! I just browsed through all our avatars and I don't see a Kate Walker one, but I have missed it. We have well over 100, that you can choose from. If you had your own avatar, like many of us did, me included, hosted on Photobucket, those avatars were locked out unless you paid Photobucket.

Ana wave


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263435
12/20/21 09:52 AM
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Welcome back, Antoinetta! Yes, things have changed a bit since 10 years ago! If you had your avatar hosted somewhere, it may no longer be available. I use the free storage site, Imgur for mine.


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263439
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Hello, long-lost forum member, and welcome back.


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263441
12/20/21 10:54 AM
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Welcome back. We've missed you wavegirl


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: looney4labs] #1263448
12/20/21 02:41 PM
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Thanks for the welcome back, everyone! I'll look around on the Internet, and see if I can find a Kate Walker, or other appropriate avatar, and see if I can't capture it and keep it for use here and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, I haven't been playing any new games for the past few years; what killed my ability was the disappearance of games for sale that came on a disk. My techie computer abilities rate around zero; actually more likely should be expressed in negative numbers. My experience in downloading free stuff is spotty; sometimes it worked, other times a small window appeared saying that the download failed, and other times the window came up and said that the download was successful-but there was no new ikon on my desktop to show this. I supposed it was buried somewhere in the electronic bowels of my computer, but I would have no idea of how to go about finding it. With this experience, I am loath to risk paying out $$$$ for something I won't be able to access.

Unlike downloads, the disk will hold your hands and tell you where to click as the installation process proceeds.

Anyway, if people here can help me find a consistent way to download stuff I would be most appreciative. (is there possibly a mouse-click by mouse-click walk-thru somewhere?

Thanks for all.

Antoinetta

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263454
12/20/21 03:25 PM
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Welcome back Antoinetta!

There was a time I thought I would never download games but I am a frequent downloader now. I buy from Big Fish, GOG, and Steam. They all have helpful clients (or game managers or whatever they're called) that do the work for you!

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263466
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Yes, what oldbroad said! I used to like to have the physical games too, but much prefer downloading now. And free downloaded games are potentially full of malware. Buy and download from a reputable place like Big Fish, GOG or Steam. GOG has a lot of old games that will normally not play on new systems which they have tweaked to run on Windows 10. They are the best! Sometimes they have them for not much more that $1. My favorite one from them which I couldn't play any more was Shivers 1.


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263467
12/20/21 04:35 PM
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The GOG sale is going on now and the Steam Winter sale will be starting soon, so now is the time to take a look at them wink.

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: oldbroad] #1263478
12/20/21 06:01 PM
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Draclvr, if the GOG games have been tweaked to run on Window 10, will they also run on Windows 7 Professional Edition, which is my current operating system.

I have played from 150-200 games since I bought my first computer back in January of 2000. As the years passed and I went through several computers, I found that with each operating system upgrade, some games would keep being playable, and others not. Interestingly, in the same purchase that I made of my first computer, I also bought several games, including Gabriel Knight III and Amerzone. Amazingly, these two games have played on every operating system I have had, from Windows 98 to Windows 95 to Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Edition to Windows 7 Professional.

And on the other hand, there was a beautiful little game known as Amber, which would only play on Windows 95.

So I'm just curious, why the wide variance on which games will play on which machines.

Thanks.

Antoinetta

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263483
12/20/21 06:48 PM
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Yes, but I hope you are not using Windows 7 on the internet? Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 almost 2 years ago, so it has received no security updates and is a huge target for hackers.

You question about gaming and operating systems would be a great one for the Glitches forum where we techies hand out!


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Draclvr] #1263487
12/20/21 07:07 PM
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Yes, my computer died several months ago, and I was able to go to a local computer repair shop, and was able to get a used Windows 7 (Professional) for $110. I had wanted to get an XP machine, but none were available. What, if I may ask is the difference between the "Home" and "Professional" versions of Windows 7.

I'll bring the games and operating systems over to the proper forum.

Antoinetta

Game Playability on Various Operating Systems #1263488
12/20/21 07:10 PM
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I have played from 150-200 games since I bought my first computer back in January of 2000. As the years passed and I went through several computers, I found that with each operating system upgrade, some games would keep being playable, and others not. Interestingly, in the same purchase that I made of my first computer, I also bought several games, including Gabriel Knight III and Amerzone. Amazingly, these two games have played on every operating system I have had, from Windows 98 to Windows 95 to Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Edition to Windows 7 Professional.

And on the other hand, there was a beautiful little game known as Amber, which would only play on Windows 95.

So I'm just curious, why the wide variance on which games will play on which machines.

Antoinetta

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263489
12/20/21 07:11 PM
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Welcome back, and to add to what has already been said about downloads, games that you buy from GOG, you can download the files Directly to your Hard Drive and then you can Burn them to a DVD(s) or flash drive or External hard drive and so these games will be always available without having to re-download them again, they are DRM free and Yours to keep forever, so even if GOG went out of business you would have your games backed up.

And yes to what Draclvr said regarding whether you are using your Win7 online is a no no.

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263490
12/20/21 07:14 PM
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Starcom, that is all true but that is a big problem for those of us who don't know how to do that stuff very well (download to the hard drive and burn to somewhere). I believe though, that you can do that also while using their client, at least with some of the games.

Re: Game Playability on Various Operating Systems [Re: Antoinetta] #1263491
12/20/21 07:20 PM
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There are so many different reasons in answer to your question. Sometimes it is the way that games are programmed, sometimes it is the video drivers, sometimes it's because it requires a 32-bit processor but it won't work on a 64-bit processor, sometimes it's because of Windows Media Player or Quicktime, etc., etc., in terms of why some games won't play while others remain playable without tweaking on several different operating systems. There just isn't one simple answer to your question - there are many different factors involved.

If you ever have trouble, though, getting a game to run on a certain operating system, there are folks here who might be able to lend a hand and offer you some advice about getting them running. There are also a lot of older games now that have been tweaked to run on newer operating systems - the website GOG sells many downloadable older games such as this.

I believe there is a patch out there that allows Amber to run on Windows Vista/7, but I have never tried it myself. I see at least one playthrough on YouTube where the YouTuber is playing the game on Windows 10 - he is probably running it inside a virtual machine, but I haven't investigated it further.

Additionally, by installing and running a virtual machine on your computer running one of the older operating systems, you can play pretty much anything out there. I have games from several decades running on one computer, thanks to Virtual Machine/Virtual Box, DOSBox, etc.

Re: Game Playability on Various Operating Systems [Re: Antoinetta] #1263492
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The only thing I would add to Marian's post is for Windows 10. It does not allow certain forms of DRM to be installed and so many games cannot be played. An update also made this true for Windows 8 too. Again, GOG has removed the DRM from many of them. I just got to do a replay of A Vampyre Story I downloaded from GOG!

And I'd really like to advise you against using Windows 7 on-line. I have at least one individual who refuses and thinks that because she has a free anti-virus program on it she is safe. But she is not safe from all manner of bad stuff having nothing to do with viruses.

In any case, do not use it for anything - and I mean anything - of a personal nature, including email.


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263494
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I'm going to move this over to Glitches where we can chat about computers, avatars etc.

Ana wave


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263496
12/20/21 09:48 PM
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Antionnette, using game sites like Steam and GOG is really easy. You just download the GOG or Steam client onto your computer and then you can buy and play your games from there.

If you go to the Steam site (liteally just do a search for Steam), at the top of the home page will be a little green box that says "Install Steam." You click on that and the process takes care of itself from there with prompts. Once Steam is installed, you sign up for a free account and then you're in business. Buying and downloading games is just as easy. It's all laid out for you on the site. They like to make it easy for those of us who aren't computer experts.


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263497
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Thanks, Ana! But Antoinette had already started a new post there about gaming and her computer!


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Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: oldbroad] #1263499
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This is true oldbroad, not everyone knows how to Burn stuff to another medium, not hard too *learn though but the reason I mentioned burning or storing it elsewhere is for people who do not have a Fast Internet and/or a limited download Cap per month and a lot of these games are getting Bigger and Bigger in size so one with Slow internet and/or limited Cap per month they do not want to re-download games over and over and keeping All these Huge games on their hard drive once installed could really eat a huge chunk of their HD. But I also agree with you that it is very simple to download and install the game directly for GOG or Steam or other companies.


*And to add again, if one has a Big enough external hard drive one just has to simply move the downloaded files to the EHD for future use, or even use a large capacity Flash drive or two or three for storage for future use. This would avoid having to learn the art of burning which is becoming more and more out of style.

Re: Long-Lost forum member returns [Re: Antoinetta] #1263501
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Yeah, I've been thinking about a large external hard drive for my GOG games for awhile now but thinking is as far as I've gotten with it. wink

When the new Carol Reed game comes out in January I will have to re-learn how to burn it to a disc. I do have two external drives I put them on also though, with the hope that at least one of them has been done right smile.

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