How to delete game from Steam

If you are using Steam to purchase and play your games, and you wish to delete a particular game to free up hard disk space, here is how to do it.

Open Steam client, and go to your Library. Right click on the game you wish to remove, and select “Delete local content”. This will remove game files from your machine. Note that you’ll still see the game in your library (since you’ve already purchased it), but if you wish to play it again, you’ll need to download it and install it again.

Steam

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Retro Gaming Windows 98 setup in VirtualBox

This weekend’s project is setting up retro gaming system for old Windows games. I already use DOSBox for playing old DOS games, but there are a lot of classic that only run under Windows. The easiest (and cheapest) way is to set up a virtual machine running an old copy Windows.

I’ve chosen Windows 98 SE as the OS, since I already have installation media and it is a bit more modern that Windows 95. However, you could also use Window 95 / ME.
Virtual machine that I’m creating will run on VirtualBox, under Mac OS X.

First step is to configure virtual machine. I’ve set it up with 512MB RAM (Windows 98 can’t handle more), 10GB dynamically allocated hard disk, and 128MB of video memory.

Once virtual machine is configured, run Windows setup.

Windows 98 SE Setup

After setup is completed, you’ll need to install new graphics card drivers, as Windows would be running in 16 colour mode and 640×480 resolution. After doing a bit of research, I found that SciTech Display Doctor is the best bet for enabling higher resolution in your VM. You can download it from here. Download is an ISO file, so you can mount the ISO in virtual CDROM.
Once SciTech is installed, open the configuration interface, and enable SciTech video driver. Also change the monitor to one of the generic Super VGA types. Apply changes and restart virtual machine. You should then be able to change number of colours and resolution.

SciTech

Now all you need to do is install some games. To get the files over to the VM, you have two options – over the network, or by creating an ISO file and mounting on the VM. Since Windows 98 will automatically detect VirtualBox network interface, this is probably the easiest way.

OpenEmu – Console and Arcade Emulator for Mac OS X

OpenEmu (free) is console and arcade game emulator for OS X. It emulates Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, NeoGeo Pocket, Nintendo (NES), Nintendo DS, Sega 32X, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Super Nintendo (SNES), TurboGrafx-16 and VirtualBoy.

One very neat feature of OpenEmu is support for different controllers. Some of the controllers it supports include PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wiimote (full list). This will improve gaming experience if you have one of the supported controllers.

OpenEmu also organises your games into an easy to use library. It also allows you to create your own game collections.

OpenEmu

MAME OS X – Arcade emulator for Mac OS X

MAME OS X allows you to play arcade machine games on your Mac. It is a native OS X port of the popular MAME emulator.

To play games in MAME OS X, you’ll need to have game ROMs. These ROMs need to be put in a place where MAME OS X can find them. You can configure this under application’s Preferences -> General. You should create folders in your home directory for ROMs, disk images, samples and artwork (e.g. $Home/MAME/ROMs, $Home/MAME/Disk Images, $Home/MAME/Samples and $Home/MAME/Artwork), and then change configuration to use these directories. To “install” a game ROM, all you need to do then is to copy it into ROMs folder that you’ve created.

Google is your friend when it comes to finding ROM sources, and if you need to have a look at MAME OS X manual, you can find it here.

Keyboard controls:
– 5, 6, 7, 8 – Insert coin (players 1, 2, 3, 4)
– 1, 2, 3, 4 – Start (players 1, 2, 3, 4)
– Arrow keys – Move Joystick
– Left Control – Button 1
– Left Option – Button 2
– Space – Button 3
– ESC – Quits the game

You may have an issue when pressing Left Control and arrow keys together, as these are OS X shortcuts for switching desktop spaces and showing mission control / application windows. To get around this, open System Preferences and go to Keyboard. Under Mission Control deselect shortcuts for Mission Control, Application Windows, Move left a space and Move right a space.

Happy gaming!

Boxer – DOS game emulator for Mac

Boxer

Boxer

Boxer for Mac allows you to play DOS games on your Mac. It uses DOSBox emulator to run games, and provides very nice looking and easy to use interface.

Installing games is as easy as dragging a zip file to Boxer. All the games I tried so far worked without problems.

One nice touch is the ability to set cover image for each game, and Boxer provides “shelf” view where all the cover images are laid out nicely on a shelf.

Download Boxer from official website.

iPhone App – ZX Spectrum Elite Collection

Today I downloaded this cool app (get it from iTunes), which allows you to play old classic ZX Spectrum games on your iPhone.

The app itself is free, as are a dozen of games that come with it – if you want more than what is provided in the download package, you’ll have to pay extra.

Included free games are:

  • Battleships
  • Batty
  • Beyond The Ice Palace
  • Buggy Boy
  • Chuckie Egg
  • Frank Bruno’s Boxing
  • Grand National
  • Harrier Attack
  • Kokotoni Wilf
  • Roller Coaster
  • Saboteur
  • Saboteur 2
  • Turbo Esprit
So as you can see even the free games have a few classics amongst them, like Batty, Turbo Esprit, Harrier Attack and Saboteur.
Graphics and sound overall are very good, and the controls are not bad – of course the touch screen doesn’t feel even close to the original Speccy keyboard, but it does the job.
So if you are feeling nostalgic, head over to App store and get this app – its free after all, and it will provide a great trip down memory lane.

Revisiting nostalgia with Amstrad emulator

Amstrad CPC464When I was 7 years old, I got my first computer – Amstrad CPC 464, which the time was quite a powerful home machine. Being 7 years old, initially I spent a lot of time playing games. Over time as my interest in computing other than gaming grew, I started teaching myself how to program in BASIC, and that was when my journey through computing began, and it still lasts today.

Now unfortunately I don’t have my Amstrad anymore. However, there are several software emulators available for free, with WinApe being one of the best. So I downloaded it, found some games, and began a little trip down the memory lane..

Enjoy the gallery of screenshots of some of the games I have tried. Even after all these years they were still fun to play.

Update: If you want to emulate Amstrad on OS X, you can use Arnold.