I'm officially pissed off by Microsoft today.
For whatever reason I got a strong urge the other day to play one of my old simulation games. I'm not a big game player but I've always had a soft spot for the Sim City series. Unfortunately, my PC isn't a fan.
First I tried to install Sim City 3000 from a CD. No joy. Apparently my copy isn't friends with Windows XP. Then I tried Sim City 2000 from a floppy disk. Again, no luck. Bah.
After several fruitless hours on Google I gave up. The only advice I could find was to right-click on the setup file and adjust its compatibility for Windows 98. That didn't work, so I tried downloading a Windows 98 emulator. That came with its own problems, as I couldn't figure out how to extract the .RAR file (or something - I'm not at home with compressed files). Finally I gave up and downloaded torrents of both Sim City 2000 and 3000, but couldn't get either to work (is it still illegal if you own a hard copy of the games?).
Finally, I gave up and started playing Civ IV on the laptop. Unfortunately that clunky old machine is pushing 2 years old and can't be expected to be able to keep up with a game as powerful, fast-paced and graphics-heavy as Civilis-fucking-ation. I despair.
After many more hours of fruitless tinkering I've given up and decided to download a copy of The Sims. God help me, I will play a simulation game today. If Maxis have any problems with the fact that I'm downloading a not entirely legal copy of the game then they can send a bill to Microsoft with my compliments. Bastards.