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How I rode a Samsung tablet PC to retro role-playing nirvana
Editorial - posted by DarkUnderlord on Thu 20 August 2009, 11:29:36Tags: Planescape: Torment
What do you do with a $1,300 touchscreen tablet PC? Why, you turn it into a retro-RPG gaming machine of course. Courtesy of those Technical Aresholes:
Great art stands the test of time, and demands of us a commitment commensurate with its greatness... or, at least that's the kind of thing I only half-ironically told myself as I pulled the trigger on the purchase of an obsolete, slightly brickish, $1,300 tablet PC, which I bought to turn into a portable console for classic computer RPGs. I'm a sucker for old-school isometric RPG titles—Temple of Elemental Evil, Icewind Dale 1 & 2, Planescape:Torment, Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Fallout 1 & 2—because they're true classics in every sense of the word, and when I began actively collecting used copies of them a little over a year ago, I wanted to make sure that I enjoyed them in style. After some long searching, I found that Samsung's overpriced "Origami" tablet PC is as close to the perfect platform for retro-RPGing as any I could imagine.
Now, you may be thinking I'm crazy, because on today's screens these games must look like dated, pixellated messes, so who in their right mind would spend the price of a nice Thinkpad just to be able to play one on a touchscreen tablet. Well, by the time you're done with this article, you'll either understand or you won't, and if you are going to understand then the screenshot below will get you over halfway there.
A few wide-screen mods and technical shenanigans later all result in RPG fun.
Thanks Occasionally Fatal!