First off, I should tell you that when it comes to games, I am perhaps the lamest gamer on earth. I gave up on epic scope games with Diablo II, which was around 10 years ago; they just take too much time. I’m what the industry calls a casual gamer; I like games that can be played end to end in under 30 minutes or can easily be dropped and picked up again a week later. So the most played games on my iPad and iPhone are backgammon, angry birds and various permutations of the match-3 games.
On my PC, my favorite game, the game I play every day is … Risk. The old board game. I have a CD-ROM by Hasbro from 1996 and I love it. If I could only have one game for the rest of my life, this would be it. Maybe not something I should openly admit to?
Okay so …
Yesterday I did some desktop PC upgrading. My C: drive was a 128 gig SSD that was constantly filling up, no matter how quickly or desperately I was trying to keep stuff off that drive. SSD prices have dropped so yesterday I picked up a 240 gig SSD at a price probably lower than I’d paid for the 128 a year ago. Of course this meant re-installing Windows and every program that I run, most of which I accomplished last night. But now Risk isn’t working.
Here’s the deal. A long time ago I created an ISO file from the original CD-ROM. (I’m not even sure where the original disk is now.) I used software to create and mount that image file as a virtual disk. It always worked fine. Last night, even though the only change to my configuration was the new hard drive, the game no longer runs. For the past few years I was using OSFMount to create the virtual disk. It doesn’t work now. I thought maybe as a result of their new version, but I still had the 2 year old version of it so I tried installing that. Nope. I tried all of the various compatibility settings, Windows 95 and so on. No cigar. I tried something called MagicISO. No good.
I don’t want to believe or accept that I am SOL in terms of this. (Though on the other hand, each game of Risk would take 15-30 minutes to play and a part of me thinks maybe I’m better off devoting that time each day to something more productive. Shit, I’m getting old!)
So if anyone has any suggestions on any other software or Windows settings I can try (I’m running 64 bit Windows 7 Pro), I would greatly appreciate it!