I had a weird and I suspect unpopular solution to the issue of running all the old PC games I used to love: Macs... Bear with me on this, it's not as stupid as it sounds.
With the right combination of hardware, which is surprisingly not that expensive, you can build a 2008 Mac pro that'll run most the useful OS's with graphics hardware support. In my case my main machine is still a 2008 Mac Pro that I picked up quite a few years ago now. For the most part I run Mavericks on it, which allows you to also install Win7, which is useful for DX10 stuff. On a second drive I have Snow Leopard (which also runs a lot of PPC mac software), which allows you to install WinXP. You can get a LOT working under XP quite successfully. It's a bit of a fudge to do it, but it works. The important thing is to grab an ATi Radeon 5870 for it (you can get flashed PC cards so not expensive), as this is the only one that supports all the above OS's. There is a Nvidia option but it doesn't support the lot sadly.
Ok that actually covers a surprising amount of old PC games, but to snag the older stuff I built an OS/9 machine on an old 800Mhz PowerMac G4... Again, madness I hear you say! But a surprising amount came out on OS/9 and with a sensible spec, runs perfectly on it. Costs wise it was buttons too. The computer I got for £10, the monitor is a new/old stock Dell 15" 4x3 1024x768 jobbie for £30. The graphics card was a Radeon 9000pro, again I don't think I paid a tenner for it. Though I am trying to snag a Mac Geforce4 for this one as it's the fastest card available for it, they're just rocking horse poo to get hold of in the UK.
So yeah, I suspect I'm the only nutter out there with an OS/9 gaming rig!
As for the games supported. The only two games I struggled to get to work were C&C and Red Alert as the Mac versions are even earlier than this. However I've got them running nicely on WinXP. For older pure DOS stuff though you'll still need an old PC... Or an Amiga As most of the really early stuff came out on that also. I have an Amiga.
Edited by juansolo, Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:39 AM.