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DRM-free store GOG has launched a huge Spring Sale with thousand of games going real cheap. They've also put the Witcher Goodies Collection on a 48 hour giveaway which has art, books, soundtracks and such (no games in it).

They've sorted out a bunch of big collections for this sale like:

You can also build your own bundle from Beamdog, 1C Entertainment and Deep Silver.

XCOM 2 also released on GOG today, sadly only for Windows. I spoke to Feral Interactive, who ported it to Linux and they told me today "We do not have any plans to distribute our games through GOG. If this changes, we'll make announcements through our usual channels.". A real shame, so if you want Feral's Linux ports it's Steam only.

See all the deals over on GOG.com.

The GOG Spring Sale runs until March 30th, 2 PM UTC.

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adamhm 21 Mar
I decided to test the few Feral-ported games I have in my Steam library:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Binaries will try to launch Steam if SteamGameId and SteamAppId environment variables are not set. After setting those it subsequently quits after SteamAPI_Init() fails. I was able to get this working using the Goldberg emulator with the default setup I use for that (set it to offline mode & generate steam_interfaces.txt).

  • Total War: Medieval II: The start script performs a crude check to see if it has been started from Steam and will try to start the game through Steam if it has not. This can be bypassed by either setting SteamAppId or editing the check out but the game quits after SteamAPI_Init() fails. As with XCOM, using the Goldberg emulator with it was successful.

  • Tomb Raider: Same as above.

  • F1 2015: Same as above.

  • DiRT Rally: This quits with SteamAPI_Init() failing even with the Goldberg emulator library.

  • Total War: Shogun 2: Same as above, but it also attempts to start Steam.


So from this it looks like Feral's newer games are likely to be more strongly DRM'ed than their older games...
Quoting: adamhmI decided to test the few Feral-ported games I have in my Steam library:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Binaries will try to launch Steam if SteamGameId and SteamAppId environment variables are not set. After setting those it subsequently quits after SteamAPI_Init() fails. I was able to get this working using the Goldberg emulator with the default setup I use for that (set it to offline mode & generate steam_interfaces.txt).

  • Total War: Medieval II: The start script performs a crude check to see if it has been started from Steam and will try to start the game through Steam if it has not. This can be bypassed by either setting SteamAppId or editing the check out but the game quits after SteamAPI_Init() fails. As with XCOM, using the Goldberg emulator with it was successful.

  • Tomb Raider: Same as above.

  • F1 2015: Same as above.

  • DiRT Rally: This quits with SteamAPI_Init() failing even with the Goldberg emulator library.

  • Total War: Shogun 2: Same as above, but it also attempts to start Steam.


So from this it looks like Feral's newer games are likely to be more strongly DRM'ed than their older games...

Can I install my steam games OFFLINE from backups using this Goldberg Emulator?
adamhm 22 Mar
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoCan I install my steam games OFFLINE from backups using this Goldberg Emulator?

Yes, as long as the game has no proper DRM. The Goldberg emulator is basically an open source reimplementation of the Steam API.

It was reported about on GOL previously if you want to take a look at it - https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/the-goldberg-steam-emulator-has-a-new-release-marking-one-year.14787
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