Farzlepot wrote:At the end of the day, there's no substitute for having an older machine handy. Build the most powerful PC that your OS of choice is capable of supporting and you'll have no trouble, but PC emulation is infinitely harder to accomplish than console emulation, and gets harder still the further back you go.
Actually, I find the opposite to be true. Emulating something as ancient as Alley Cat is dead simple using DOSBox, but just try and get Grim Fandango going!
And, really, I think DOSBox is better than an actual DOS PC. For one thing, you can configure the speed it runs at. Allowing you to play Montezuma's Revenge and Descent on the same PC. For another, you don't have to do any base memory fettling. DOSBox just gives a game as much memory as it wants. There's no drivers to install. You can choose any graphics or sound card you want... it's just brilliant.