Why Don't Old Games Work on New Computers?

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Why can it be such a challenge to get older games to work on new computers – even ones built for gaming?

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50 Comments

  1. kalabom on April 15, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I played doom 1 on Windows 10

  2. Wired Wrong on April 15, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I wonder if you could push for Steam or other companies to update or restore the old games. More so if we already have them in our game list, pressure from someone like you could help or force them to consider or do so. If they are still selling a product on Steam then the company and steam should be responsible to ensure they still run on current tech or other such rather then forcing third party possibly harmful fixes.

  3. Mayhem on April 15, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Ah shit, mechwarrior 4 😭

  4. Mario Del Rio on April 15, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    I use dolphin for gamecube/wii games

  5. Max Omer on April 15, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    quake 2 working windows 10 how possible resident evil 2 and 3 working with modern computer how possible

  6. Aquarian Dawn on April 15, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I’m frikkin astonished how many videos I watched on this topic before one of em gave me this information. Thankyou Linus.

  7. Alan Walker on April 15, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    You are linus I know

  8. Yu Tub on April 15, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Office 95 on Win10

  9. MISSION DEMOLITION on April 15, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Just buy THE WRIST GAME!

  10. Scratcher ninjaspirit on April 15, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    who else got fooled by the ad thinking oh the video started but then you realise that it is an add!

  11. Reborn on April 15, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Me who has 32bit: i see no god up here, OTHER THAN ME

  12. inadepp on April 15, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Doesnt working ???? On my computer i can play games from 1996 and older .

  13. NervesiT on April 15, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I use a vm to play old games on my i9 rtx pc

  14. Wrath on April 15, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    GOG is awesome for dos games.

  15. TJ CampBell on April 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Just emulate it.

  16. Dan 213 on April 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    basically because Windows 10 sucks to run DX8 and some old instructions lol

  17. Dendé Hehr on April 15, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I got an ad, with Linus

  18. BlazeOp 420 on April 15, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    So is this why I can’t usb over borderlands 1, when I was able to with borderlands 2?

  19. clayton0127 on April 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    getting gta sa to run was painless, didnt have to do anything. getting max payne to run, jesus christ that was a nightmare to get working.

  20. CoolBreeze2 on April 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Halo CE 20 years old and still working

  21. ShadowOfNexxus on April 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Backwards compatibility is bullshit on PC

  22. So Vo on April 15, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    This video is misleading. Incompatibility is due to Windows 10 itself, not its 64-bit version. You won’t solve anything by running the 32-bit version of W10. VMs are also a PITA, their 3D support is called "experimental" for a good reason. Your best bet is to get an older PC, just old enough to run Windows XP natively. Intel pre-Kaby Lake or AMD FX CPUs, paired with any mid-range 2014 GPU, plus 4-8 gb of RAM, that would be more than enough. You can easily get cheap Dell PCs with C2D or even i3 CPUs and they come with a pretty decent discrete GPU (HD 7570/R7 240, even with GDDR5 memory), these work pretty well from my own experience.

  23. GloopSee on April 15, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for putting my cpu in the video 3:00

  24. Tᗴᗩᖇ ᖴᑌᒪ231ᑭᒪᑌTO on April 15, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Techquickie: They are 32 bit games.
    Me with my 4 year old 32 bit laptop: Are you sure about that?

  25. Visionz on April 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    You can play old games on a modern PC..

  26. Alien XD on April 15, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Old games work on my modern computer

  27. First Last on April 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Most likely old windows game won’t run because it doesn’t like your super duper video card. In which case the answer may well be . . .

  28. sonicboy678 on April 16, 2021 at 12:03 am

    I recently came across ScummVM, which has allowed me to play Humongous Entertainment games from my childhood (except Backyard Soccer, apparently, though I doubt that’ll be much of an issue at some point in the future).

  29. Project Honour on April 16, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Linus! you completelly forgot mod comunities!
    iv had non stop issues wit CnC tiberium Sun and Red Alert 2 and thanks to the comunity im playing some fantastic modded Tiberium Sun’s and Red Alerts!

  30. Aadarsh on April 16, 2021 at 12:05 am

    My pc has 32 bit

  31. CsGaming YT on April 16, 2021 at 12:06 am

    BECAUSE YOU NEED THE DIRECTPLAY

  32. Tarun M on April 16, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Gta 3 is successful running on my window 10

  33. vuk koldzic on April 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Ahhhh the good old days of medal of honor pacific assault am i right

  34. SoupYT on April 16, 2021 at 12:11 am

    EASY FIX: just download virtual machine and the desired os to run the game.

  35. fibyq on April 16, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Never trust a man that says “nes” instead of N.E.S.

  36. christopher reid on April 16, 2021 at 12:12 am

    John 3:16-21
    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

    20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

    21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

  37. Law 212 on April 16, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Better question….Why dont new games work on old computers?

  38. Dan the-Man on April 16, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Riddle me this: why does Bejeweled 3 run on my powerhouse 4GHz octa-core system running Win7 x64, but not a laptop with AMD A12 running Win10 x64?

  39. Davi the Human on April 16, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Emulating is the answer for everything.
    Even tho I have a laptop with 8gb of ram, it would still not be able to do so bcuz my integrated graphics card (which I hate, i wish i had more money to get an nvidia or something) only has 128mb of vram

  40. Santhana Kumari on April 16, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Answer: because they can only run in older os systems

  41. 68x8000 on April 16, 2021 at 12:18 am

    wasted my actual money buying lord of the rings war in the north

  42. Rayne Lacatan on April 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

    "Phones have 2 cpu cores." I mean he aint wrong, my phone has 8 soo…………

  43. hybrid9mm on April 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Darkstar one (on disk) I love this game but error 577 is beyond my understanding 🤷‍♂️

  44. Law 212 on April 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

    THis is why I have a 486, pentium 1, pentium 2 and pentium 4.

  45. anton Ivler on April 16, 2021 at 12:24 am

    i can’t play command and conquer generals anymore 😔

  46. ______________ on April 16, 2021 at 12:24 am

    I had windows 7 32 bit with gt 1030…had 30 old games

  47. Donut owo on April 16, 2021 at 12:27 am

    i tried to play psychonauts and i had to download something to make it actually work xd

  48. cnco lyrics on April 16, 2021 at 12:27 am

    let me tell you something
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    virtual machine and you can do whatever you want you can have windows 3.1 or even DOS

  49. Dr. Coomer on April 16, 2021 at 12:27 am

    When the imposter sus 😳

  50. digital subliminal messages on April 16, 2021 at 12:28 am

    S T O P. R A P E I N G. B A B I E S
    Hmmm/ .makes sense

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