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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Now In Beta For Linux

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Need more games? Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition has dropped in beta form for Linux gamers, so it's time to get your RPG hat on. This is Steam only currently.

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How to get the beta

Quote1. In the Steam client, open the Library tab
2. Right-click on "Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition"
3. Select "Properties"
4. Select the "Beta" tab
5. Enter "IWantToTestBGII" in the field provided, then click Check Code
6. Select "updatetesting" from the drop-down
7. Close the Properties window, wait for the game to download the update, and enjoy the beta!


About the game

Kidnapped. Imprisoned. Tortured. The wizard Irenicus holds you captive in his stronghold, attempting to strip you of the powers that are your birthright.

Can you resist the evil within you, forge a legend of heroic proportions, and ultimately destroy the dark essence that haunts your dreams? Or will you embrace your monstrous nature, carve a swath of destruction across the realms, and ascend to godhood as the new Lord of Murder?

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition brings this critically acclaimed role-playing experience to back to life.

You can buy it on Steam now to try it out.

I haven't even had time to try the first one yet, but I have very fond memories of BG II when I was a little younger, so I will be sure to give this one a crack once it is out of beta.

 

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Hamish Dec 12, 2014
I saw the first one available for half-price on GOG.com during a flash sale last night, but I decided to wait until both were made available for Linux so that I could potentially nab them as a series later on.
timdzian Dec 12, 2014
I've already bought Baldur's Gate EE for Linux on GOG and this time I will also wait.
neffo Dec 13, 2014
If you waiting to buy it on GOG for the DRM free version, then just buy the Steam version. It's already DRM free.
Skully Dec 13, 2014
Quoting: neffoIf you waiting to buy it on GOG for the DRM free version, then just buy the Steam version. It's already DRM free.

Agreed. Tons of DRM free linux games on Steam :)
Hamish Dec 13, 2014
The versions sold on Steam may be DRM free, but I still personally will not buy the game from Steam because I do not wish to support a distribution platform that provides a DRM service for developers to plug themselves into regardless of whether they chose to use it or not.

Keep in mind that Valve gets a 30% cut from every game sale on Steam, meaning that 30% of your money will end up going to a DRM distributor. GOG.com takes a similar cut, but with them I can have complete confidence that none of my money will go to the promotion of DRM systems.
Skully Dec 13, 2014
Well Hamish pirates Gold Plus on GOG.com has a form of DRM
http://www.gog.com/game/pirates_gold_plus

It requires you to look up answers to questions in the manual (supplied as .pdf)
if you accidentally answer the question wrong your game is ruined and you have to start again.

This sort of DRM is annoying, frustrating and troublesome unlike the DRM steam can provide.
So maybe you need to go buy games from somewhere else now. As GOG doesn't have you covered either.
Hamish Dec 13, 2014
Quoting: SkullyIt requires you to look up answers to questions in the manual (supplied as .pdf) if you accidentally answer the question wrong your game is ruined and you have to start again.

Ah, old fashioned Sid Meier copy protection. Stupid yes, but no more DRM than dying because of a failure to use any other game mechanic you did not bother to look up in the manual.
Skully Dec 13, 2014
DRM is DRM so your not against DRM entirely just Steam.

Also once you know how to play the game your idea is shot out of the water.
This is a terrible form of DRM and always was.
Hamish Dec 13, 2014
Quoting: SkullyDRM is DRM so your not against DRM entirely just Steam.

You notice I do not use Origin or Uplay either....

Quoting: SkullyAlso once you know how to play the game your idea is shot out of the water. This is a terrible form of DRM and always was.

It is a terrible bit of game design, but I would still argue it is not really DRM.

Incidentally, my main argument was also not actually based on there being no titles with DRM on GOG.com, but rather the fact that Valve and Steam produce DRM systems themselves. I still buy games on Humble Store and Desura even though they sell Steam only games for this very reason.
Skully Dec 13, 2014
It's a form of copy protection. Clearly DRM.
One could argue that it is a bad bit of game design aswell as being DRM.

I never did expect you would use Origin or Uplay either. Nor do I, because
it's not even for linux and none of the games on there are either.

Quoting: HamishKeep in mind that Valve gets a 30% cut from every game sale on Steam, meaning that 30% of your money will end up going to a DRM distributor. GOG.com takes a similar cut, but with them I can have complete confidence that none of my money will go to the promotion of DRM systems.

How confident are you now?

You can try and twist it however you want, your money will likely have helped them supply more games with one of the most annoying forms of DRM ever made. It's right up there with some of EA, ubisoft and Microsfts DRM.

No DRM is good, but anything that can affect a proper customer negatively is the worst of all.

Also I own Pirates, it didn't stop me from buying it. As I would rather play games than hope that one day there will be a DRM free version.
I think it's totally fine that you steer away from DRM, that's your decision. I am just sick of seeing you spew crap on here about steam. Almost every article you have replied to has you talking some crap about it. You remind of a bible basher always trying to impose your views on others.
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