The Elder Scrolls - emulated in a Dos Box
The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion is amazing. Buy it. This is the game that the Xbox 360 was made for. This is the Halo 2 launch game that the 360 was missing. It's hardcore enough for the RPG-familar, and casual enough for my wife and I who play thirty minutes at a time. That's my review. There's nothing more to be said.
Ah, but the originals. The original Elder Scrolls - Arena is available for free download on the 10th anniversary side.
However, Window's DOS Support, particularly its extended memory support, leaves something to be desired, so you can (have to) download a DOS Emulator.
"DOSBox emulates an Intel x86 PC, complete with sound, graphics, mouse, modem, etc., necessary for running many old DOS games that simply cannot be run on modern PCs and operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Linux and FreeBSD. However, it is not restricted to running only games. In theory, any DOS application should run in DOSBox, but the emphasis has been on getting DOS games to run smoothly, which means that communication, networking and printer support are still in early developement."
In order to get Arena running on my Home PC I needed to change the following values in my DOSBox.conf file:
cycles=20000 #YMMV, so use CTRL-F12 to find the right value for you
You'll also need to "mount" your ARENA folder in DOSBox when running:
mount c c:\arena
Very slick, the emulator maps/emulates a SoundBlaster! Ah, SET BLASTER=A220 I7 D1 H5 T6, we hardly knew ye. It's so funny, though, how we remember the graphics being SO awesome at the time...gaming now and then...