Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Mar 2014 14:13 UTC
Games

We're initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we're hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play. This is, of course, going to include games that we sell which already have Linux clients, but we'll also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours.

...and the Linux gaming news just keeps on coming. I remember how dismissive many people were back when Valve announced its Steam Machine initiative, stating Microsoft's hold would never ever be broken.

Makes them sound like Nokia and BlackBerry during the iPhone's launch, doesn't it?

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Emulation or modification
by andrewclunn on Tue 18th Mar 2014 16:31 UTC
andrewclunn
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2012-11-05

So is this for old Linux games being ported up, old windows games being made to run under Wine, or old windows games being given Linux native clients? My excitement varies depending on the approach.

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RE: Emulation or modification
by WereCatf on Tue 18th Mar 2014 16:36 in reply to "Emulation or modification"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I wouldn't count on GOG using Wine. Wine can be terribly unstable and with having one feature working fine, then suddenly in the next release it being totally broken. As far as I can tell, this announcement means that GOG will provide DOSBox/ScummVM-setups for certain old games and will provide Linux-binaries for games that already have Linux-binaries, like e.g. Shadowrun Returns -- GOG so far has only provided Windows-binaries of that, with not even a mention of Linux.

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silviucc Member since:
2009-12-05

They do no need to depend on a system version of wine. They can ship their own build.

Sort of, kind of like PlayOnLinux approaches stuff.

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RE[2]: Emulation or modification
by oiaohm on Wed 19th Mar 2014 01:07 in reply to "RE: Emulation or modification"
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

I wouldn't count on GOG using Wine. Wine can be terribly unstable and with having one feature working fine, then suddenly in the next release it being totally broken.


I would not count wine out either. Some games with ScummVM and DOSBox on GOG now have custom versions. PlayonLinux and other solutions have installed more than 1 version of wine on a system. So game with custom version of wine is possible. Has been done in past most likely other parties will do it again in future.

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RE: Emulation or modification
by silviucc on Tue 18th Mar 2014 16:59 in reply to "Emulation or modification"
silviucc Member since:
2009-12-05

There, sane things I can think of:

- ship games that already have modern linux builds
- ship dosbox games with their own version of dosbox as they do on windows
- ship games with their own build of wine.

Sure wine depends on a lot of stuff if you want "everything" but for isolated cases, there is no need to ship every possible lib. Just the ones you need.

They already ship System Shock 2 for Mac using a build of wine if I'm not in error.

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RE[2]: Emulation or modification
by shmerl on Tue 18th Mar 2014 17:23 in reply to "RE: Emulation or modification"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

I wouldn't like using their own versions of DosBox. What for?

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RE: Emulation or modification
by shmerl on Tue 18th Mar 2014 17:22 in reply to "Emulation or modification"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

I'd expect at least them releasing new games which have Linux versions already (like HB does).

Then they might as well provide configs for their many DosBox based games in Linux flavor. Their DosBox games already work on Linux perfectly, but configuration files need manual tweaks since they are targeted for Windows DosBox. Those are quite trivial, but GOG can make it more user friendly I guess for those who don't want to modify configs by hand.

Windows games with Wine? More questionable, but if GOG have resources they can polish Wine bugs for Windows games they distribute. That would probably be their lowest priority.

Edited 2014-03-18 17:25 UTC

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