YouTube user Psyraven—who is apparently Bernard Schilling himself—created this video as an introductory demo for DOSBox Pure.
Recently, indie developer Bernard Schilling published a new fork of the DOSBox classic-gaming emulator. If you're not familiar with DOSBox, it's a way to play classic MS-DOS games from the 1980s and 1990s on a modern Windows, Mac, or Linux PC. DOSBox Pure is an attempt to simplify and eliminate some of the donkeywork involved in actually loading and playing games in DOSBox itself.
For those among us who aren't already intimately familiar with retrogaming—even those of us who lived through the period when those games were new—it isn't necessarily the most welcoming scene to get into. Although DOSBox Pure is specifically trying to alleviate that, it falls afoul of the same nest of expectations of what "everybody already knows," and I found it rather frustrating digging all the way to the bottom of "what is and how can I make it work."
The very first thing you'll need to know is that DOSBox Pure itself runs underneath the broader RetroArch application. RetroArch, in its own words, is "a frontend for emulators, game engines, and media players." DOSBox Pure is a "core" for RetroArch—meaning, when properly installed, it serves as one of the engines that RetroArch can use to run an older game.
Ahead of this weekend's BlizzCon game-announcement frenzy, two of Blizzard's secrets have sneaked out in the form of a leak. Both revolve around World of Warcraft: one for the latest Shadowlands expansion, and another for the World of Warcraft Classic server option.
In the latter case, 2007's hugely popular WoW expansion pack, The Burning Crusade, will be bolted onto the WoW Classic option inside the Blizzard Launcher starting sometime in "2021." The news comes from an apparent leak of official BlizzCon press release materials, all formatted with official images and descriptions of what's to come, as found on Blizzard's official servers by users at Reddit's WoW community.
As with 2019's official WoW vanilla launch, The Burning Crusade will return without any new or special features on top of what originally came with the game. You may recall that this expansion pack included a trickle of content drops while Blizzard maintained it before selling Wrath of the Lich King in 2008. Meanwhile, Blizzard's leaked document claims that the original version's update cadence will return: "Content from the original game will roll out in phases, at a cadence paced for the WoW Classic community. Prepare for the opening of the Black Temple, gear up to confront the gods of Zul'Aman, and gather your allies to face the fury of the Sunwell."
Diablo II: Resurrected is slated to launch on PC and consoles "later this year," but in the meantime, the remaster is far enough along that its handlers launched an early "technical alpha" demo over this weekend. (There's a teensy, tiny chance you can still get in if you sign up right now.) I was invited for the single-player test's first wave—and took the opportunity to stream my initial gameplay via Twitch.
Should you watch that three-hour session, you'll see my largely positive reaction at first blush. (Once some initial online-check stupidity cleared up, at least.) Afterwards, I took a moment to breathe, have a snack, and install the game on other systems in order to do some more fully fledged testing.
Even outside that first-look afterglow, of seeing D2:R running beautifully on a modern PC, the results thus far—of an admittedly unfinished preview version—have charmed me even further than my first session might have led you to believe. The "Blizzard Classic" team is currently walking on a long road into hell, and that road just might be paved with redemption.