Good Old Games

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So I got my Good old Games http://gog.com invite today, created my account and checked it out.

I'm guessing its going to replace current game download sites (that I could never get to work with its funky client etc)...

DRM free game downloads seem pretty cool, they have Fallout 1 + 2, apart from that its a really small catalogue right now..

A bit scary that Stonekeep is rated 4.5/5 stars!!

for $12 you can download legally fallout 1+2 and get pdf manuals and everything.

Anyone else have a GoG account?

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Bill Loguidice
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I had applied several weeks back, but have not yet received the invite.

Speaking of Stonekeep, I actually own it from back in the day, but could never get it to work consistently. Certainly not missing out on much there, though...

The big advantage to this service is that everything is already set up with DOSBOX and everything, right? Otherwise $12 for Fallout 1&2 is about what you'd pay for the retail version these days I reckon.



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I'm still at work so have

I'm still at work so have not downloaded anything or bought anything. If its dosbox, all the better since I can run it on my linux (I dont run windows) machine. I signed up a few weeks ago and only got my invite this morning, so maybe yours is on its way...

Its going to be interesting to see if/when/how they fill out there catalogue.

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$12 for the Fall Out thing

$12 for the Fall Out thing is ridiculous. It ought to be $10 at most. A few years ago I picked up a double pack that had both games, a box, and PDFs for $10. Seems that a download service should be cheaper!

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I received my log-in and I

I received my log-in and I downloaded Descent - just to try it out.
Turns out that they come with DosBOX - probably pre-configured! Installing.



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Windowsbox?
Mark Vergeer wrote:

I received my log-in and I downloaded Descent - just to try it out.
Turns out that they come with DosBOX - probably pre-configured! Installing.

Yeah, I think that was the hook, that you could genuinely own the game outright and it would already be preconfigured. Good for those who don't already have the game and/or are struggling with Dosbox. I'd like to see what the guarantees are, if any, for cruddy performance, since it's all at the mercy of Dosbox and how well it works with a particular system.

By the way, I'm sure I can look this up, but I've only recently been dabbling in Dosbox for the book... Does that or anything like it cover emulation for Windows 95 and Windows 98 exclusive games? The Sierra Power Chess series comes immediately to mind as games that will only work in those respective OS's (though I have yet to try it in Vista, I'm sure they wouldn't work in that either).



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Dosbox - excellent performance!

Both Descent games run beautifully. And yes they are preconfigured and run right after the install. Of course you are able to change settings and even mode the files to a 'real old' computer like I have.
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Mark Vergeer wrote:

Both Descent games run beautifully. ;-)

Can you briefly describe the download/installation procedure?



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GOG Download and install sequence
Bill Loguidice wrote:
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Both Descent games run beautifully. ;-)

Can you briefly describe the download/installation procedure?



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After selecting and paying for the game it is placed in the game list on your 'my account page' which is supposed to feature unlimited downloads and availability of the game files in the future - well just download anything you paid for as quickly as you can is my motto. ;-)
Downloads are hassle free, running the setup idem. No serial numbers or anything. The games show up as icons on the start menu or the desktop. They are reinstallable, deinstallable etc. The DOSBox games are executed by clicking on an icon just as the Windows games are. You don't really notice that DOSBox is running. You don't need to configure any difficult settings.



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Wow, thanks, Mark, very eye opening. I must say that my level of respect went up for the company. There's nothing easier than choose, pay, download, install and play on the PC. What about things like controller options, how does that work?



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Well the Windows game I

Well the Windows game I bought is configurable from the in game menu - controllers etc work like a charm. Even force feedback.

And Descent is able to be used with various controllers - you have to configure the controls from within the game menu. I prefer the freelook mouse combined with w - forward, s = backward, a and d sideways/strafe very much like I would with other first person shooters like quake etc.
On my systems (2 Core P4, P4HT, P4, PentiumM) both Descents with Dosbox work like a charm. Super fluid and smooth. Quake I and Doom is great with DOSBox too. You would almost think DOSBox is the way for 32/64 bit windows to run any DOS game. Compatibility with DOSBox is very high right now. And of course GOG will no doubt test the game with DOSBox extensively.

The whole operation/website has a very high-quality feel. Vista compatibility with Windows Games is a very nice touch. Love the DRM-free setup. The games are so cheap and the service seems very solid that I prefer this very much over any monthly subscription based service like Gametap - which I only had a short time to experience to the full extend because of DRM troubles and territories.

Thumbs up!



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