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Essential Tools: D-Fend Reloaded

The progress of technology is a wonderful thing. Games that never would have been possible before, and certainly not with such graphics fidelity, flourish with sharp visuals, uncompressed sound, and more. But sometimes you just want to bask in the warm glow of childhood nostalgia, so you dig out those old games that have been collecting dust and take a trip down memory lane. Unfortunately, new-fangled OS’s don’t really like to work with DOS-based games and so you’re left with a pile of plastic that doesn’t do anything. There is a solution!

Said solution comes in two forms: DOSBox and D-Fend Reloaded. DOSBox is the program that allows DOS to emulated within Windows itself, while D-Fend Reloaded is a Windows-based frontend that pulls you out of the muddy ditch that is DOS commands and lets you list and play all of your DOS games from the comfort of a visually polished window. It’s a simple process of directing D-Fend Reloaded to your various game folders and then making sure that the program file that launches the game is connected to the program. It’s really as easy as that, once the set up is complete the game can be started simply by clicking on an icon. No more typing in commands in DOS!

D-Fend Reloaded also has a number of other nice features, such as the ability to take screenshots, videos, and music samples from all the games so that you can save your favorite moments or keep a collection of images on hand to easily identify a game. You can also put in technical information about each game, such as who developed it, who published it, what genre it belongs to, and when it came out. This makes it much easier to sort and file your games.

D-Fend Reloaded comes with DOSBox built in, so there’s no need to download both programs. Overall, it’s a great, easy-to-use program with a wonderful idea behind it: to take all your old games that don’t work anymore and give them new life.


May 1, 2010 - Posted by | Essential Tools, Games | , ,

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