Okay, I had a yen to play The Ancient Art of War and found a site to download a Mac version. Unstuffing the file leaves me with a .dsk file, which based on my research seems to be some kind of primitive disk image, but the reading I’ve done seems to be all about duplicating these files, not about extracting the info/running the program on the disk image. Help!
Er…no. Emulator? Please elaborate.
The Ancient Art of War was written for older Macs that ran a completely different operating system on completely different hardware. An emulator well, emulates, a different computer, running as a virtual machine on your newer computer. One such emulator is called SheepShaver. Note that you’ll also need a copy of the older MacOS, probably System 9 and a PowerMac ROM image, and the legality of those if you don’t already own an older system is questionable at best.
I mean that Mac OS has run on different processors including Motorola 68000 and PowerPC models as well as Intel x86-64 processors, and not everything is backwards compatible, so old programs may not run as-is on your Macintosh.
In which case, how do you run them? One way is to install an older version of the operating system in a virtual environment. For example, Mini vMac and Basilisk II can do this, but are a slight PITA to set up.
Even System 6 would probably work, since the Mac version of the game was released in 1987. System 6.0.8 is freely downloadable directly from Apple. As for ROM images, the Mini vMac site said that distributing them probably violated some license agreement, but apparently this has not been an issue for years, if it ever was a real problem, because the fact is some of the other emulators do come bundled with ROM images or have them available for download on their web site.
Thanks for the information.
btw this page (from Mini vMac) has links to System 7.0 and 7.5, as well as System 6 as mentioned above.
Sheepshaver works pretty well, BTW.