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The biggest announcement in GOG.com's history is a fact! Electronic Arts grants access to its deep back catalogue of classic franchises via yours truly GOG.com!

In a ground-breaking, earthshaking, and jaw-dropping deal we've managed to sign with EA and will be releasing more than 25 legendary classics from the globally renowned publisher. With today’s announcement three widely known and much awaited brands get the revival treatment from GOG.com: Wing Commander: Privateer, Dungeon Keeper and Ultima Underworld 1+2.

We will be adding more than 25 titles from EA over the next few months, so the games will be unveiled gradually, but we can already reveal that the next upcoming titles from this huge deal are: Crusader: No remorse, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and Magic Carpet.

While the agreement between Electronic Arts and GOG.com brings back many acclaimed and well known franchises, it doesn’t include the much anticipated System Shock or Syndicate series at this time. After releasing the first six Electronic Arts classics, we will take a break from the concentrated awesome until later in the summer.
Would love to see American McGee's Alice on GOG.com. :)
Man, I'm reading through this February 2002 issue of Computer Games, and noticed an article by Todd Brakke entitled, "DOS Games, Meet Windows XP--Can Dos Games endure in a Windows XP World?"

It deals with getting DOS games to run under the then-brand-new XP, and lists various classics with details concerning the degree of success each one was installed. Some were complete failures, including Ultimas VII and VIII, both Crusaders, Privateer, and System Shock, all of which were Origin titles. Hats off in advance to Good Ol Games for tackling this obstacle head on and breathing new life into games long missed (and long pronounced dead) by nostalgic computer gaming veterans!
Post edited June 04, 2011 by DeadlyRamon
Just couple of titles: "Eye of the Beholder (all three)" and "Dark Omen".
Post edited June 04, 2011 by Caradryan
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tacossmellgood: so either 1. you're just lying
2. EA is dicking around with reviving those franchises and there is something preventing their release here (another company has the rights tied up or the timing is bad for promotional reasons)
or
3. EA has an exclusivity agreement with another digital distribution platform for these franchises, at least for a certain period of time.
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v1989: System Shock have its rights somewhere in the void.
I don't know how it is with Sydicate.
Just found out that Starbreeze Studios is supposed to be working on the next installment of the Syndicate series.
Ahh Magic Carpet, one of the all time greatest games! Would love to see all the Bullfrog games on GOG.
Like many, the Origin games would be top of my list. Especially the Ultima series. Ultima 7 would be an essential purchase for me but I loved so many old EA games. I'm delighted we are going to get to experience them again. Thanks G.O.G
I've been in GOG.com for only few months but... well, I'm ethusiast abaut the whole thing!

If You can get all the wing commander games, I will build a statue in your honor!!
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GameRager: Actually I loved your post, but just wanted to say this: EULAs are on every gog game, and no i'm not talking about gog's EULA when installing. Each of those games you install is still bound to some or all of the original EULA conditions as when it was published.....you just don't see an EULA screen for the publisher when installing but most of it is still in effect regardless. EA just went one step further and wanted it SHOWN to everyone who bought the games, is all.
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sapphireneclace: Which is completely illegal under German law and thus void. :)
Sometimes even this hopeless country is getting things right.

But more importantly, if the EA games come with no DRM like anything else on gog.. what difference does it make? Then it is neither controllable nor enforcable.
Just curious.....
What part is "completely illegal under German law " ??
And why should Germany be a supposedly "hopeless country" ??
I'd love to see the entire Wing Commander series and Blade Runner released.
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CalamityRanger: Unfortunately I think SimTower would prove tricky since if I remember correctly it didn't have a DOS version. I'd *love* to be able to play that game again though. I spent so much time on it as a kid. :P
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jonwil: You are right, the version of SimTower I have seems to be a 16 bit windows exe and won't run on Windows 7 x64.
Which version of Windows 7 x64 do you have?

You might be able to run SimTower in XP Mode if you have Professional or Ultimate.
Post edited June 04, 2011 by neo158
how about Dungeon Keeper 2? I cant get it to work on my Win7 and am craving me some DK2! Make it work GOG!
Is there anyway for EA to release all of Westwood Games Classic?
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neo158: I'd love to see the entire Wing Commander series and Blade Runner released.
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jonwil: You are right, the version of SimTower I have seems to be a 16 bit windows exe and won't run on Windows 7 x64.
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neo158: Which version of Windows 7 x64 do you have?

You might be able to run SimTower in XP Mode if you have Professional or Ultimate.
As far as I know then "XP mode" does not support DirectX and if the game requires DirextX then it ought not run in "XP mode" on Win 7.

VMware struggles to deliver DirectX 9.0C support for Virtual Machines Guest O.S. through their VMware Workstation 7 (Which will allow a user to install users own copy of Windows XP as a guest O.S., like a file/program,under Windows 7) http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/new.html
(above text spacing problem, if you also see one, not created by me but must be due to a problem in the software running this forum)

(Please note that VMware Workstation 7 is not exactly free either - though they also offer VMware Online Academic Store Discounts).

VMware's Workstation DirectX 9.0C support is a work in progress (and has been since V. 6.5) so one should not expect too much. But they do on the other hand offer a free 30 days trial if you got Win 7 and a copy of Windows XP laying around you wish to try your luck with.
http://www.vmware.com/go/tryworkstation
(Please notice that for "3D acceleration" it might require you to install the version of "VMware Tools", included with the Workstation, on your guest O.S.)


Edit :
For DirectX/"3D acceleration" support of different Virtual Machines then please see "Other features" section of "Comparison of platform virtual machines at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_platform_virtual_machines
Post edited June 04, 2011 by FiatLux
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FiatLux: Just curious.....
What part is "completely illegal under German law " ??
And why should Germany be a supposedly "hopeless country" ??
What I meant is this: for a (purchasing) contract to be legal the buyer (that's us) must be able to read them *before* purchase. That works well enough with the EA eula since it's linked in the product description. Any "hidden" or "older" EULA that is "still in extend from time of publishing" is null and void however, since it is not viewable or mentioned. That also applies to EULAs you can only read after buying and opening a software box.
My lawyer father says that this is only theory though. Still, I like the thought. Laws regarding EULAs and copyright really need some trimming, it gives me a headache.

Obviously Germany is not a hopeless country. It has its faults, but what place hasn't. I enjoyed living there, that's for sure.
OMG. Ultima underworld. I am sooooo getting those!!! THANKS GOG
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FiatLux: Just curious.....
What part is "completely illegal under German law " ??
And why should Germany be a supposedly "hopeless country" ??
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sapphireneclace: What I meant is this: for a (purchasing) contract to be legal the buyer (that's us) must be able to read them *before* purchase. That works well enough with the EA eula since it's linked in the product description. Any "hidden" or "older" EULA that is "still in extend from time of publishing" is null and void however, since it is not viewable or mentioned. That also applies to EULAs you can only read after buying and opening a software box.
My lawyer father says that this is only theory though. Still, I like the thought. Laws regarding EULAs and copyright really need some trimming, it gives me a headache.

Obviously Germany is not a hopeless country. It has its faults, but what place hasn't. I enjoyed living there, that's for sure.
Your lawyer father sounds like a wise man. The rules you mention may apply elsewhere without us knowing.
Personally I find all the EULA crap a pest, and often it says that you have to return the product to the shop where you bought it unless you un-conditionally accept their crap - or that you are not allowed to install if not......

Thanks !