Free Baldur's Gate for PLAYSTATION

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FREE direct port of Balder's gate (PC) on 3 discs for PLAYSTATION!
Of course to boot on actual hardware requires a method of booting backups such as a MODCHIP, NOT FOR PS2! Original Playstation only!!!!!! . Of course it can also be run in Playstation emulators like ePSXe, there is a minor issue apparently with this so PLEASE read comments at link below as info on how to get around the issue is provided! the download is in torrent form so a torrent client like Bittorent or uTorrent will of course be required, if you are not aware of the implications of this is or what it means sorry then it's time to Google and do some research until you sort it out I am not here to answer questions or troubleshoot the requirements for downloading torrent files.

!!! MAY TAKE A WHILE TO CONNECT, I AM SURE THE SITE IS REALLY BUSY!!!!!!!
INFO AND DIRECT TORRENT DOWNLOAD LINK HERE:

http://www.hidden-palace.org/?updates/c/31

for those with no experience (or bad past experience) burning image files I HIGHLY suggest Imgburn, YEAH YEAH many go on about using Alcohol 120% or Nero or DiscJuggler but really that is all overkill, for those that just want to burn the occassional image successfully there is no easier way than using Imgburn, it's FREE, lightweight, foolproof and just does exactly what you want of it, DID I MENTION IT'S FREE?

Imgburn Website:
http://www.imgburn.com/

Download mirrors (choose your own):
http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

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Bill Loguidice
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I was going to promote this

I was going to promote this to the front page, but frankly I'm not sure where your stuff begins and ends and the other stuff begins and ends, so I really couldn't edit it properly.

Hmm, I'm very curious how this was accomplished. I know PC games have been commercially ported before, like Civilization, Panzer General and Diablo, but this is the first time that I know of that a relatively modern era PC game has somehow been ported/converted/emulated through hobbyist means to the PS1, particularly one that should surely require a hard drive where there is none.

I have a launch PS1 console, so I can use the swap trick to run backups. With that said, other than the curiosity factor, I have little incentive to get this going as I think it would be a far more pleasurable experience playing it on PC (I have a full boxed copy).

Do you know if this supports the PS1 mouse?

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Sorry, I cut n pasted the

Sorry, I cut n pasted the description form the supplier. After when I start talking about IMGBURN was my addition again..............
I've edited out everything that was not mine OK?

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Fixed the post. (and still frogetting to log in lol!)
Bill Loguidice wrote:

I was going to promote this to the front page, but frankly I'm not sure where your stuff begins and ends and the other stuff begins and ends, so I really couldn't edit it properly.

Hmm, I'm very curious how this was accomplished. I know PC games have been commercially ported before, like Civilization, Panzer General and Diablo, but this is the first time that I know of that a relatively modern era PC game has somehow been ported/converted/emulated through hobbyist means to the PS1, particularly one that should surely require a hard drive where there is none.

I have a launch PS1 console, so I can use the swap trick to run backups. With that said, other than the curiosity factor, I have little incentive to get this going as I think it would be a far more pleasurable experience playing it on PC (I have a full boxed copy).

Do you know if this supports the PS1 mouse?

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I don't know if it uses the mouse. I believe however this was a commercial endeavor that was unreleased according to the supplier.
From what I have seen loading in ePSXe it runs fine (and better using Marks suggestions) I have no doubt it would be more pleasurable on the PC as most things are though I believe it would be of great interest to collectors and PS1 fans which is why I bother to make posts like this and share the info here, so since I edited out what I cut n pasted I would appreciate if you did promote this to the front page, if you have any other reason not to do so please let me know. Thanks.
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I'm still having trouble

I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around this MaxRD. So is this supposed to have been meant for commercial release back in the day but it was never released to market for whatever reason? I assumed some clever people put in the time and effort to do some type of port, but what you wrote above implies otherwise. I checked out your video, but there's no gameplay footage to give me a clue. I'd really just like more info.

I also think you misunderstood what I wrote because I wasn't clear enough. I'm not dismissing the interest factor (I understand how huge this is, believe me), it's more me wondering how they could pull this off on the PS1 of all things, and how it would work comfortably (which is why I wondered about mouse support). It seems to be a tough thing to pull off on a TV system with just 4MB of RAM and CD storage, though as I mentioned earlier, it was done with Panzer General, Civilization, Diablo, etc., and rather well, though again, those are not full bore RPGs.

I'm hesitant to put it up on the front page for the simple fact that this is getting dangerously close to us having an implied support for "modern day" piracy since Baldur's Gate is still actively sold both retail and download. As we establish more and more relationships with content creators and are content creators ourselves who have our work pirated (and obviously don't like it when that's done), we can't really have it both ways. I see no harm in something that's not actively sold any more, but this is right at that line of active commercial relevance.
Perhaps Matt and Mark can chime in in that regard...

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Rob Daviau
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Do what you think best..........

OK Bill, well I see your points I guess. I merely saw this as another release of an unreleased console title that is now available to the public. The person who released it claims it to be an unreleased commercial port of the original PC version . As to the technical aspects of how it was accomplished I would not begin to have any idea as that is not my area, but it seems it was accomplished pretty successfully and that is why I posted it here. I don't really see any issue regarding piracy myself but I that is just my opinion. Apparently it was a joint effort between Runecraft/Black Isle and TSR, perhaps there were legal or licensing issues in the end so it was shelved though I cannot verify that. Perhaps you can find more of the info you require HERE to help base your decision:
http://forums.lostlevels.org/viewtopic.php?t=2218

Perhaps not, hopefully Matt and Mark will chime in, you do as you see fit. I'm just trying to share these great finds, I make the videos for my channel and this is one of the few select places I post outside my channel, I don't have to bother.............

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Well, we normally have no

Well, we normally have no issue with promoting your stuff, obviously, and it's not like the post is still not active and readily available. It's just a matter of whether it shows up in our RSS feed or not and whether it appears directly on the main page.

The link you provided is a good one. It's amazing this was so far along and never released. It looks very good based on the screenshots.

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Rob Daviau
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How do they decide what to release?

I always feel bad for all the people who worked on a game, sure it may of been just a port but still requires time, effort and lot's of work I am sure, just to have it shelved for whatever reason. I love getting a hold of such things, though I've admitted I am not big on RPG's overall (I KNOW I KNOW) I still love booting up any game that never made it to store shelves. Now in some cases I can certainly understand why a project was axed but in some cases it's a mystery. Same goes for titles they choose to release in one region but not another which happens on every platform. I can clearly see Japanese titles that would have no appeal with an American audience but then again I have seen Japanese releases that would likely have been a hit here with proven demand. Other titles they choose to release I wonder "What were they thinking? This piece of crap got released instead of {INSERT TITLE HERE}..............I'm sure they have their reasons of course but sometimes I wonder.

Bill Loguidice wrote:

Well, we normally have no issue with promoting your stuff, obviously, and it's not like the post is still not active and readily available. It's just a matter of whether it shows up in our RSS feed or not and whether it appears directly on the main page.

The link you provided is a good one. It's amazing this was so far along and never released. It looks very good based on the screenshots.

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Agreed. If you see that Duke

Agreed. If you see that Duke Nukem Forever story that was posted about on here recently, you can see that some people wasted over a decade of their lives on a product that will never see the light of day, since there's likely not even enough to finish up to release.

I have my own unfinished project that I spent years on in what was supposed to be my first book. I still hope to finish it off someday and release it somehow, but as it is, lots of work with minimal monetary compensation and exposure to show for it (just six chapters released through Gamasutra).

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Thanks Rob! It works! On an emulator though

Tip for emulator (ePSXe works!) users, you may want to select a software GPU plugin like Pete's 1.50 software GPU as this displays a lot of the heavy 2D graphics in this game properly. On quite a few graphics card this game causes improper screen-updates in the game when the hardware accelerated GPU plug-ins are? used.
Not to worry, on a fast enough system it'll work like a charm. Besides the software GPU plug-ins are better at displaying 2D graphics anyways! 5/5

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A friend of mine is

A friend of mine is interested in making his first commercial game, and my only real advice was to make something small he could probably finish in a month. And even then, these things tend to take two, three times as long as you thought. (or even more)

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