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Wine 3.11 and Wine Staging 3.11 both got released recently
26 June 2018 at 2:23 pm UTC

yar4eFinally! After 7 years of existence bug with flickering sky in Mafia 2 was fixed in 3.11! Now the game runs near perfect!

The flickering sky issue with Mafia 2 is still present with 3.11/3.11-staging. The shadows issue was actually fixed with Wine 3.7 but was only officially closed with this release.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
19 June 2018 at 12:00 pm UTC Likes: 2

Whitewolfe80Yes but i can tell you immediately why DRM exists, Companies like money staff are fond of being paid too. If you release a game drm free on gog i can tell you for a fact it is up on torrent sites day and date and yes even the linux version have been going up lately too. I know this as one of the parts of my job is to monitor several torrenting severs to see what has been uploaded and how often and when gog launch a new game it typically gets uped exactly 5 hours after being avilable for purchase.

Steam's DRM does next to nothing to prevent piracy either, especially in the form as implemented by most developers (i.e. without using CEG, but even when that is used it still doesn't slow the hackers down much). A common way to neuter it is to simply create a custom steam_api.dll/libsteam_api.so that implements a fake version of the Steam API.

This method actually seems to be used quite regularly for GOG re-releases of former Steamworks titles and from what I've read about the GOG version of XCOM:EU I'm guessing it's also the method used for that.

The real question though is: does DRM actually help sales? Because from all of the information I've seen, even when it's effective at stopping piracy for long periods like Denuvo has been this does not translate into an improvement in sales figures.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
18 June 2018 at 11:04 pm UTC Likes: 2

johndoeWhat will you do with all your collected games in ten years when no Linux distro ships the old libs it needs to run?
Sure there are some great games that can be played/replayed many times. But these ones normally get remastered at some point of time.
I personally think it's a waste of time and resources to collect games for longer than "a long time lease".

It shouldn't be too big an issue as long as the games are developed well... lots of older Linux games still work now without too much fuss. Plus GOG maintain the games they sell to get & keep them working on modern systems; it's been one of their key selling points right from the very beginning, back when they were "Good Old Games". And then there are also things like Flatpak that can help where dependency conflicts exist.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
18 June 2018 at 7:27 pm UTC Likes: 4

I've started a giveaway over on GOG's forums about contacting Feral to ask about this, to show the demand for it... the chances might not be good but it's worth a try at least.

The GOG summer sale is now live
5 June 2018 at 3:35 pm UTC

Whitewolfe80Really quick question does the saboteur work with a controller from your script, 3rd person shooters are not that much fun on mouse and keyboard for me.

I've never tried before, but I quickly checked with an X360 controller just now and the game didn't recognise it. It might be possible to get it working with some tweaking but it's not something I have any experience with as I almost exclusively use kb+m.

The GOG summer sale is now live
4 June 2018 at 8:36 pm UTC Likes: 4

sa666666How reliable are these Wine-wrapped games? I've never bought a Wine-wrapped game before, so I don't know what's involved, or how compatible they are, or how much setup I have to do.

I try to make them as easy to use & as much like playing a native game as possible. As long as you have the dependencies installed it's simply a case of putting the files in one place & running the build script to assemble the wrapper, then once that's done the resulting wrapper can be treated much like a native game - simply move it to wherever you want it & run the start script to play.

sa666666I would consider buying some of the older ones that have no chance of coming to Linux (but I won't buy anything that may have a native port coming).

None of them are likely to come to Linux officially; I don't buy any games for Wine until they're old/discounted enough that an official Linux release is unlikely, and I strongly recommend that others do the same - save the high/full price purchases for Linux titles in order to encourage more official Linux releases.

sa666666Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. Perhaps I'll get a cheap one, and if it works out I'll consider more.

Feel free to ask if you need help with any of them

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