For the first time in quite a few years I have a Windows PC (Surface Pro) at home, so I thought I would check out a few PC games. Nothing too taxing on the tablet, the Surface is not really a games machine. As luck would have it, Steam was having a sale. I now have a mini-library of older games to play:
- Final Fantasy VII
- Half-Life 2
Unfortunately Half-Life refuses to play on the Surface Pro, with this error message:
The game has detected that the previous attempt to start in OpenGL video mode failed. The game will run in software mode.
-software , -OpenGL, did not work for me (the game ran, but in a unusably small window).
-w 640 -h 480 allowed me run the game in a usable window.
-w 1024 -h 768 allowed me run the game in a better window.
I believe the screen dimensions of the Surface Pro are 1920 x 1080, so I gave that a try:
-w 1920 -h 1080
However, that resulted in a window that exceeded the bounds of the display. For the moment I will stick with XGA.
Next, getting a suitable joystick/gamepad…