First DOSBox Powered Classics Trickle Into Linux Via Steam


What Sorcery Wizardry is this?

Last year, a few weeks before the beta release of Steam on Linux, we reported on the state of GOG making its debut on Linux.  At the time, all signs pointed towards GOG releasing DOS and Windows classics as packages for Linux.  But we’re Linux users, and by extension narcissists.  So, who could fault us for believing GOG to be Linux bound?

The Rib

No-one.  But in this quote from GOG employee TheEnigmaticT  indicated that while GOG recognizes the need for their service on the Linux platform, at this point it is just too cumbersome.  Here is the quote:

We’ve seen a lot more of you guys voting on this wish recently and I thought it was only fair for me to update you. Linux is a great platform, and we love how much passion you guys are showing for it here on our wishlist. We definitely know that it’s one of the top things our community wants from us, but it’s also really difficult to bring the level of support and ease-of-use to the wide variety of distros that are commonly used by Linux users. If we’re able to bring games to Linux–and we’re constantly evaluating ways that we can do this–we want to make sure that we’re doing it the way: simple, easy, and it “just works.” I’m not telling you guys to give up hope–we know how much you want this–but what I am saying is that this is harder to support than it might seem initially, and we’re not ready to move to support Linux officially just yet.

The Rub

Now, one year later, developer Night Dive Studios has brought 2 DOS classics to Linux by packaging DOSBox and the respective game content together into one spiffy little steam installer!  While it’s not certain why GOG is not able to make this sort of effort, one thing should definitely be expected; more classic games making a legitimate and monetized appearance in Linux.

These two games are from the classic RPG franchise Wizardry.

Wizardry 6

Wizardry 7

Source | Gaming On Linux

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • abarbarian

    “But we’re Linux users, and by extension narcissists.”

    “Narcissism is a term that originated with Narcissus in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Currently it is used to describe a person characterized by egotism, vanity, pride, or selfishness;
    an erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical
    or mental attributes. Narcissism has included particular meanings in
    specific fields:”

    “In the ’90s, psychologist Jonathan Cheek and colleagues analyzed a variety of narcissism scales and confirmed that there are indeed two distinct faces of narcissism,
    which they labeled “Grandiosity-Exhibitonism” and
    “Vulnerability-Sensitivity.” They found that both shades of narcissism
    shared a common core of conceit, arrogance, and the tendency to give in
    to one’s own needs and disregard others.”

    You may be a narcissist but I certainly am not even though I use linux, an I doubt if many linux users would agree with your definition either.

    abarbarian, Arch user.

    • lordpenguin

      Isn’t it a little narcissistic that you need to draw attention to the fact that you are an Arch user? Nothing here even remotely provides the context for you to need to make that sort of announcement. Your comment is nothing more than a “look at me” post.

  • Jake Tucker

    “But we’re Linux users, and by extension narcissists.”

    Rolls eyes.

    If I gave you a list of my medical conditions the only conclusion you could take from it is that this person can’t be a narcissist.

    I’m trying to think of what else I can say which won’t get removed as it would look like flaming. Just try to remember there’s a big world out there full of all types of people. You’re little, or maybe big, group might all be Linux users and narcissists but don’t think we’re all like that.

    How about changing that to I’m a Linux user and I’m also a narcissist.

    Lastly Windows and DOS games on Linux. This is easy to understand isn’t it? If it’s DOS there’s a good chance it’s doable on Linux with DOSBox. But as for Windows games on Linux? Maybe an hour or 24 messing with something like Winetricks and then starting the game with fingers crossed that it goes smoothly. Personally I keep a Windows PC for Windows games. I can well imagine GOG and Valve don’t want to touch old Windows games on Linux.

    • joshuasweet

      Oh fine make excuses for Obama and his Narcissistic self

  • merkuti01

    So many of the GOG offerings run great on PlayonLinux that I don’t see the need for the Linux ports. Yes, I realize it’s heresy to suggest that using WINE is an acceptable alternative to native Linux support, but if it works, it works. I have bought and played dozens of GOG classics on PlayonLinux without a hitch: Thief, Deus Ex, Baldur’s Gate, and more recent titles like Painkiller Black and Gothic IV. The PlayonLinux guys have done great work on this, and if the GOG folks can’t or won’t, so be it. They already do the Linux community a great service by updating and selling classics that run well in Linux, albeit with Wine support. I’m grateful and thankful to both GOG and PlayonLinux!

  • CoolHand

    Noooo!!!! Wizardry destroyed by first attempt at college! Now it’s coming to try to distract me again and ruin career and/or marriage??? Please, NO!!!!

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