Last night, I stumbled upon the disks for Ultima V, a top-down, party-based RPG published by Origin in 1988. At the time, I'm sure the 3.5" floppies were considered state-of-the-art.
Now, modern computers won't run that game at all. Many really new computers (like the laptop I'm writing this post on) don't have floppy drives. Fortunately, I own 5 computers, three of which are horribly obsolete - a Pentium 133 tower, a 486 DX2 50 horizontal desktop (remember when those numbers used to mean something?) and a semi-functional 486 laptop.
These had been collecting dust for a few months, but since my home AMD 850 / XP won't deal with Ultima V, I flashed up the ancient 486. No luck! The first disk apparently has a few bad sectors on it, and these cause the computer to crash unpleasantly. Not expecting success, I swapped out the CPU box for the Pentium - and Voila! Windows 98 lives up to its old reputation as games-friendly.
There's a weird glitch when it comes to quitting the game, but so far everything seems OK. I wasted much time today digging up the old manuals and hint guides for the game online, so tonight I may spend some time with a classic. Lord Blackthorn, consider yourself warned.