Punishment 2: Windows in virtualization

    If you thought I was done wasting time, energy, and good will in my last post, you were sorely mistaken. Never content to leave well enough alone, I decided to drudge forward and attempt to play a five-year-old video game via virtualization. The worst part? I knew that it wouldn’t work. I told everyone that would listen that it wouldn’t work, but that didn’t stop me from going down the ridiculous rabbit hole that is Windows on a Mac.

    I launched my copy of VirtualBox, and I installed my copy of Windows 7. I updated, installed drivers, fiddled, tweaked, and cried for well over five hours, and I eventually gave up on trying to play my game. About twenty minutes later, in my infinite wisdom, I decided that I should try playing the game under Windows XP. Hell, it wasn’t designed for Windows 7. That’s the problem, right? RIGHT?

    Lather, rinse, repeat, and I now have Windows XP installed in VirtualBox. I install the game, and I now have DRM problems. SecuRom now thinks that I’m trying to emulate the game disc. Despite having completely legitimate versions of all of the software I want to use, it still refuses to work. I think I very well might have a nervous breakdown at this point. Somebody stop the madness.

    Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating the issue, but I have wasted countless hours fiddling with this project with absolutely no positive results. I’m frustrated, and I’m just about ready to throw in the towel. If you know what I’m doing wrong, please let me know in the comments section, although I’m pretty sure I’ve tried everything possible except for a complete wipe of my drive.

    Photo Credit: Joe Loong

    Grant is a writer from Delaware. In his spare time, Grant maintains a personal blog, hosts The Weekly Roar, hosts Quadcast, and writes for video games.