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Posted on Mar 18, 2009 9:56:35 PM PDT
M. Farris says:
You can find this game called Solitaire. I've heard it's pretty fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2009 12:04:24 PM PST
R. Dickerson says:
Yes - there are a lot of games that don't require a graphics card at all, assuming your computer has an onboard video output so that you can see text on the monitor.

Zork 1-3 (text based single player adventure games) and the whole line from Infocom are great. They are from the early 1980s, but still fun.

If you want multiplayer, look for a mud (multiple user dungeon) - you will have to telnet to it or use another type of program to get there. There are tons of them, and they can be quite fun and addictive. They are also all mostly text based.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2009 8:36:38 PM PST
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bat21win says:
One of my friends has only onboard. He can still play Sins of a Solar Empire, Halo 1, C&C3 + Red Alert, NWN, and a ton of others.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2009 7:24:06 PM PST
Evan Cole says:
Doom 1, 2, and Final Doom are all great games that may be old (thus not needing a good PC to run well), but they're still awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2009 5:12:55 PM PST
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H. Le says:
King Chief 98,

In case you are still tracking this thread, here's more suggestion for you:

"Outcast", by French developer Infogrames, is a great shooter game (you can choose either 1st or 3rd person) with good graphic (for its time - it is an old shool game in the 90s) that does not require a video card to run; it uses your CPU for graphics instead.

It is a great game that has the semi-free roaming adventure/shooter gameplay that is somewhat similar to, and almost perfected by STALKER. And it runs on XP - both home and pro . I played it and liked it. Check out the reviews section if you need more info.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2008 4:21:28 PM PDT
That's like asking, do you know of any good places to scuba dive where there isn't any water.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2008 12:42:29 PM PDT
M. Daneker says:
All computers have a graphics card, if it's not a PCIE or AGP card, it's in the motherboard. Even if you have a computer from 1995 running DOS you can play any number of DOS games like "Lands of Lore" or "Arena" or "Eye of the Beholder" Many can be downloaded free by googling titles or DOS Games.

If you are running windows 98 - Vista you have a graphics card at least in your motherboard or Windows would not run.

Look under your Control Panel, System and Hardware Manager to find out what Graphic Card was built in. It's like an Intel Extreme or some other similar device.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2008 7:11:46 AM PDT
If you're referring to text-based games, theres a lot, good examples are Rogue, Doctor Who & the Daleks or Galactic War - all ANSI based, playable on any 8088, even over a 1200-baud modem line.

3-Demon played on Hercules "graphic" cards too, so it should theoretically play on anything & it's 19k (yes KILO bytes;) zipped

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 10:51:49 PM PDT
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whoopy says:
Not a multi player game, but may I suggest Nethack (the true dungeons & dragons game).
Free, at It is ascii based. And truly, no more is needed. Have fun.
Congratulations adventurer!
Your quest is at an end for you have reached the home of NetHack.
Within, the Wizard of Yendor has no power, the Oracle speaks with utmost clarity, and the grid bugs do not bite.
Click friend and enter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2008 11:28:37 AM PDT
sam says:
All computing does not require a video card... My media server in the basement does not have a video card, for example.

And even so, technically the original poster was correct anyway. If you have onboard video you do not have a graphics CARD - since a card by definition is something that connects to another board.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2008 6:57:32 PM PDT
A. Alvarez says:
Might wanna try Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, too. Excellent game, still rocks even to this day. Nothing too intense for any puter. Used to play on the Army's computers in the middle east in the late 90's, that and Pocket Tanks, which is now Pocket Tanks Deluxe, from, free downloads too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2008 4:22:11 PM PDT
SandyK says:
All computing requires a videocard. But if you mean a game that doesn't require a DX10 756MB DDR4 400watt beast of a videocard, let alone even a 8MB card, try MUDs.

Pure text goodness. No game genre, and I repeat, no game genre is more detailed and thorough than a MUD game. You trade all those graphics, for a rich storyline and some out-of-this-world combat (3hr long PvP battles, even). They are the predessor of MMOs, and even better. Some have their own Java client, so you don't even have to buy a mud client.

It's for kewl gamers who know gaming well. Not for chumps and casuals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2008 5:36:35 PM PDT
BookLuvr says:
Good point. I ASSUMED he meant an "add-on" that wasn't a "built in". Some boards have some VERY nice built-ins; many don't.
I typically (since I build my own PCs) deliberately buy a board w/o graphics so I can pick n choose the graphics engine myself.
"Good catch!"


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2008 5:35:03 PM PDT
BookLuvr says:
I think if you check around online to see the specs for each game (the specs are normally on the box, but you can only read the specs in a brick/mortar store, or after you've bought the game. I just bought a game (Rainbow Six/ Vegas series) that won't run on my PC. I have a 2.5 Ghz chip. The game reqs a 3.5.
I think virtually any of the new games (the last 5 years or so) are going to require graphics cards.
Some older fun games would be the Delta Force series. I didn't like Delta Force, but I liked Delta Force 2; I didn't like Delta Force Land Warrior (too cartoony), but I liked Delta Force Black Hawk Down and DFBHD Team Sabre.
I just got Far Cry, but it requires a GC, as does Splinter Cell.
The best I can suggest is a used GC, and you could check on Amazon (they sell good used stuff, and they're not NEARLY as "iffy" about getting the product as Ebay) I just purchased a $40 printer off eBay and got burned. It literally arrived BROKEN. Ebay, the seller, and PayPal REFUSED to make good. "BEWARE."
And good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2008 9:06:59 PM PDT
J. Leininger says:
I understand you are asking about games that do not require a seperate card in order to play them, but something that you will need to take into account when looking at some of the games that I have noticed are mentioned by other users is whether your intergrated graphics chipset will accomidate them. By all means, try out stuff that is suggested here, but also know the specifications of your system and minimum requirements of the games. Your best bet overall would be the online free games, or stuff like Hoyle Board or Card game CD's you can get just about anywhere. These types of games tend to require very little for hardware specs. to play, and still serve as an enjoyable experience overall with the game.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2008 5:57:34 PM PDT
Kneo24 says:
Low end solutions are pretty cheap these days. Spend $50 and you can get something that will be sufficient enough for low end gaming. All of the low end DX10 cards are actually not a bad option and usually run under $50. However, without knowing what exactly you have, my suggestions for be null and void.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2008 4:21:59 AM PDT
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Juan Tamad says:
Am sure you're aware of Cabal Online since you are from Korea, King Chief 98. This is an MMORPG. I am playing it on my laptop using 64MB shared video memory with 512MB RAM. It still plays good but it lags a little bit. There are different publishers in different countries. Those of you who are in the US and Canada, you can check this website:

_____________Minimum Specification____Recommended Specification
CPU__________Pentium 3 800MHz +_____Pentium 4 1.4GHz +
RAM__________512MB +______________1GB +
Graphic Card___3D accelerator_________Geforce 6600GT or Higher
Sound Card____Any DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Hard Disk Space_______________2.5GB +

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2008 4:20:35 PM PDT
Risrepkel says:
Even with a high end graphics card, I somehow end up playing games like Angband for hours anyways. Could give that a try.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2008 5:15:14 PM PDT
Sara H says:
I've had a lot of problems with Baldurs Gate with vista, but if you have an older OS its good. Another one of my favorites is the Stronghold series.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2008 4:44:48 AM PDT
Dislexic says:
Well 32mb 3d graphics were standard even integrated graphics for probably a decade now... I'm not a fan of WOW so was mostly poking fun more than being serious.

And yeah I wasn't saying it would be playable using a CPU to do all the rendering, although it would probably be fine with NES/GENESIS level graphics and possibly the 16 bit systems. Maybe even the non-3d ps1 games though that could be pushing it. Was just pointing out that it was theoretically possible. The few times I've tried to use hacks to get around graphics requirements though did make a game near unplayable. Had that happen to me with Bioshock because my PC didn't have a high enough version of pixel shader. A crack emulated the required version but frame rate stuttered and dropped to near nothing at points.

I made a colorfull game of tic tac toe for a HS science fair as a kid ... didn't need any GPU rendering at all ( 8, just my trusty 286 with ega video and gwbasic ftw.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2008 1:42:15 AM PDT
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Wits says:
Dislexic, man, if you relied on the power of your CPU to do the work of a GPU to play a game you would be lucky to get 1 frame per second on some even old games!! Not to mention that games *do* have MINIMUM requirements, so even if theoretically a CPU could render the graphics, etc., if your computer doesn't meet the specs set out by the game manufacturer, the game won't play. And speaking of requirements and WoW...(I'm quoting from the box): "Minimum System Requirements": Windows ME/98/2000/XP; 32MB 3d graphics card with Hardware Transform & Lighting, such as an nVIDIA GeForce 2 Class card or above;...." The recommended requirements call for, of course, a more advanced graphics card.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2008 3:06:45 AM PDT
Dislexic says:
Good luck finding a copy of FF7 or 8 for the PC for under a hundred bucks.
You could play WoW ( 8.. that looks like it's CPU rendered

btw, everything a GPU can do a CPU can do ... just a 'lot' slower. DirectX can readily use cpu rendering if a gpu isn't available. Try some of the free games gametap has up, they always have a couple of old arcade ones. Oh, also- a nifty company console classix. There is a free version and a 'preferred' version. Free version gives you access to atari, nintendo, and I think sega games as well. Paid you get SNES and Genesis, gameboy, maybe more. They have this neat legal trick heh. They 'own' tons and tons of the games. Their system counts how many titles they have and how many people are currently playing them. Basically the cartridge is being dumped to your computer in real time and removed when you exit out of the game. So the total number of people playing any one game is limited by how many copies of the game the company has. It's one reason I'm sure they don't go for larger consoles because you don't ever save the game to your harddrive, it needs to be small files.
Great trick though, would love to see it work for movies or other games online. Perfectly legal since they own the physical media and only one person is using each copy at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2008 4:39:16 PM PDT
Auburn Wolf says:
Try Gemstone IV, it's text based and alot of fun. Being text based, you dont have to worry about having a great graphics card.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2008 1:13:20 PM PDT
P. Ng says:
Try Command and Conquer Red Alert 2

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2008 9:37:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2008 12:20:13 AM PDT
A. Cox says:
these days you pretty much have to have one.. you can get by in older games with the newer onboard graphics chipsets, if you don't have a GPu, but anything made within the last 2-3 years pretty much needs a GPu to run decently at least until we see some better onboard chips..

The reality of the situation is that onboard video is always a few years behind the curve, so if you want to play games when they come out, rather than years later, you'll need to buy a GPU.
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