Game Discs Replaced by Steam

some old games on steam

I was trolling through Steam the other day when I came across a few games that were in my personal game library.  Since it’s always great to have a digital backup, and these older games are really cheap, I figured it would be a good idea to add these games to my Steam account.

Another reason this is a good idea is because the original CDs or DVDs have copy protection out the ying-yang.  Some of these games will also refuse to install on a modern operating system, even in compatibility mode (I’m looking at YOU, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory).  Still other games are so old that they have to be emulated in DOSbox, and getting the right settings can be very annoying, especially if they supported a 3DFX card, such as the original Tomb Raider or Descent.


Even more games are duplicates of what I have on the old Xbox 360.  I had every single console from the former generation of video games (circa 2005 – 2012: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP, Sony Vita), and if there’s a console game that becomes available on Steam then I buy it so I know I will always be able to play it, even after the original console is dead and gone.  Let’s face it: the hardware will eventually fail, as will the game discs.

So, here are some of the games on Steam I found that have replaced the physical scratched discs.

Listed here are the games that still need an electronic replacement (not necessarily from Steam).

  • Ecstatica and Ecstatica 2
  • The Curse of Monkey Island
  • X-Wing, Tie Fighter, and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter
  • Simpsons: Hit and Run
  • Virtual Pool 3
  • Stubbs the Zombie
  • Outlaws (3d audio enahnced version)
  • Maniac Mansion
  • Day of the Tentacle
  • Infocom Adventure games
  • Return to Zork
  • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
  • Resident Evil 1, 2, and 3
  • Ultima Collection
  • Old Microsoft 3d games (Hellbender, Monster Truck Madness, Midtown Madness, Motocross Madness)
  • Sim Copter
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
  • South Park
  • Tribes (1 and 2)
  • Heavy Metal: FAKK 2
  • Warcraft 2
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