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Interplay updating many classic titles on Steam to add support for Linux

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Interplay Entertainment announced today they're updating many of their classic titles to support Linux. A lot of it of course is thanks to the excellent free and open source DOSBox, which allows thousands of classic to play on modern systems without much hassle.

First of the announcements was that Battle Chess 4000 is now available on Steam, and it comes straight out of the gate with builds setup for Linux too. On their Twitter, Interplay mentioned:

As part of the drive to bring our classic pool of games to an entirely new generation of gamers, we will also update our back catalogue today, providing Tux & Apple support for heavyweight titles such as Earthworm Jim, Stonekeep and Descent!

Tux and Apple being Linux and macOS if that wasn't clear.

Going over their list of games on Steam there's quite a few. Here's some that added Linux builds recently:

Worth noting that Descent 3 already had Linux support, as porter Ryan Gordon did some work back in 2020 to re-port the game along with many tech upgrades for modern Linux gaming.

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Tags: DOSBox, Retro, Steam
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Liam Dawe 14 Oct
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: foggerYou can already play those games easily on Linux with DOSBox. I don't know why they are selling those games on Steam or GOG when most of those those games can be downloaded for free, legally, at archive.org.
Ha, Archive.org is an interesting situation. There is no legal definition of 'abandonware'. But archive.org also won't listen to dmca take downs from what I've seen.

But let's be fair here. Steam is a click and play set up, and with Boxtron you can even have extras like MIDI autodetected and set up for you. Downloading things from archive.org requires the set up of dosbox, and all the settings that entails, so isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. While most of us on here can do it, for the (hopefully) plethora of new users that'll hop on board via the Steam Deck, they won't want to mess with dosbox.conf.
Yup this is it exactly. A good, legal way to get them that will also help the Steam Deck and continue to show Linux representation to publishers.
Lofty 14 Oct
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: foggerYou can already play those games easily on Linux with DOSBox. I don't know why they are selling those games on Steam or GOG when most of those those games can be downloaded for free, legally, at archive.org.
Ha, Archive.org is an interesting situation. There is no legal definition of 'abandonware'. But archive.org also won't listen to dmca take downs from what I've seen.

But let's be fair here. Steam is a click and play set up, and with Boxtron you can even have extras like MIDI autodetected and set up for you. Downloading things from archive.org requires the set up of dosbox, and all the settings that entails, so isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. While most of us on here can do it, for the (hopefully) plethora of new users that'll hop on board via the Steam Deck, they won't want to mess with dosbox.conf.

Great points. DosBox can be hard to setup and funky with displays/resolution/audio and controls, last time i tried it was a less than pretty experience.

I wonder if its possible to use remote-play-together on these old dosbox games via steam for two player?
pcavalcanti 14 Oct
I'm glad they did this. Boxtron, I think it's how it's called, runs dos games beautifully from Steam. Before it was a bit painful to get some games running.
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: foggerYou can already play those games easily on Linux with DOSBox. I don't know why they are selling those games on Steam or GOG when most of those those games can be downloaded for free, legally, at archive.org.
Ha, Archive.org is an interesting situation. There is no legal definition of 'abandonware'. But archive.org also won't listen to dmca take downs from what I've seen.

But let's be fair here. Steam is a click and play set up, and with Boxtron you can even have extras like MIDI autodetected and set up for you.
Be nice if the Steam Deck had Boxtron already installed so you could just pick that option for games using DOSBox. Actually, it'd be nice if my distro had that.
Arten 14 Oct
I think they feel the money of future SteamDeck owners in the water :-)
Lofty 14 Oct
Quoting: ArtenI think they feel the money of future SteamDeck owners in the water :-)

not mad
Quoting: foggerYou can already play those games easily on Linux with DOSBox. I don't know why they are selling those games on Steam or GOG when most of those those games can be downloaded for free, legally, at archive.org.

Who would win? Free and complicated or one click installs.


Last edited by ElectricPrism on 15 October 2021 at 3:55 am UTC
SuperTux 15 Oct
Hopefully they can get the Star Trek stuff going, but Stonekeep is tempting, never got far with that originally and Lost Eden. Don't recall playing that though,

Quite a number of titles I do recall, just not sure I want to go too far down memory lane :).
Phlebiac 15 Oct
I loved Stonekeep around 25 years ago, though I don't recall how far I got on it...
Upscale 15 Oct
Quoting: foggerYou can already play those games easily on Linux with DOSBox. I don't know why they are selling those games on Steam or GOG when most of those those games can be downloaded for free, legally, at archive.org.
Archive.org currently have permission to collect digital content for archive purposes only which is why authorities leave them alone. Copyright holders need to issue takedown notices on their own accord if they want them removed.
It's all in the 3rd paragraph of their terms and in the last paragraph under copyright policy.
Yes the games are freely available, but they are definitly not legal and will eventually be taken down.
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