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It's official! GOG.com supports Mac OS X.

We're bringing a part of our massive catalog of all-time classics to Mac, starting with an impressive 50 titles for Mac gamers to play and enjoy. 28 of the 50 titles, the best games in history, including Syndicate, Ultima series, or Wing Commander, will be playable on the Mac OS X for the first time ever--exclusively on GOG.com. The complete line-up reflects the diversity of available games unmatched by other distributors: classics like Simcity 2000, Crusader: No Remorse, Little Big Adventure, Theme Hospital mix with Anomaly Warzone Earth, Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers, Botanicula, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Speaking of monster-hunter Geralt and The Witcher 2, the Enhanced Edition of this award-winning mature fantasy RPG was released on Mac just today and is available on GOG.com with a 25% discount (that's only $22.24) for the next 48 hours.

Weeklong Promo: Mac & PC Essentials
We have also prepared a set of specially selected games from various genres that will be available 50% off for the next week: The Witcher Enhanced Edition, Crusader: No Remorse, Theme Hospital, Little Big Adventure, Postal Classic and Uncut, and Simcity 2000 are all available for 50% off--that's as little as $2.99 for unforgettable classics. This promo ends Thursday, October 25 at 6:15 PM GMT. However, The Witcher Enhanced Edition will be available for 50% off only until Saturday, October 20 at 6:45 PM GMT.

Remember, the 50 is just the beginning--we promise to release more amazing games on Mac in the near future. What titles? To find out and play even more best games in history check our website regularly, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or give us a nice +1 in Google+.
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rampancy: the only hold-up I can imagine right now is with support and getting the legal rights to distribute the games for Linux users.
Unless I'm mistaken, the rights are about distributing different game versions, not about the OS the users are using. Neither can the license force you to use a certain OS, nor will the license cease if you install a different OS on your computer after purchasing the game.

In other words, if there is a windows binary and a linux binary, a provider like GOG.com might have the rights to distribute only one of those versions, or he might have the rights to distribute both, but separately (ie. not allowed to offer both to someone who bought just one).

This is because from legal point of view each version is a different piece of software and each might have it's own license.



On the other hand we are mostly talking about DOSBox and ScummVM games that have only one version. Packaging it with a DOSBox for Windows or with one for Linux does not change the fact it's the same binary file - thus someone who bought the license for one should be able to run it in any version of DOSBox he wishes to and neither the license nor the distribution rights can dictate on what OS it can or cannot be run, just like a license cannot forbid you from running windows apps through wine.

As far as I've seen, most indie game developers don't sell different binaries separately, but rather they offer all the versions to anyone who bought the game. That's a great trend and HIB did a great job on this field too.

So the only problem is with big companies that want to drain our wallets so badly, they try to sell every version separately. These rarely provide Linux versions, so there are few such games on GOG.com, but indeed I suppose GOG.com has to negotiate the rights about these games individually. Still, for the majority of games I suppose there are no legal problems to package them differently.
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Aaron86: So does this mean we can get Good Old Mac Games like Realmz, Cythera, and Escape Velocity? :3
That would be rather neat.
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Aaron86: So does this mean we can get Good Old Mac Games like Realmz, Cythera, and Escape Velocity? :3
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tfishell: That would be rather neat.
I'd love to see EV Nova on GOG, as it does have a Windows port – that was one game that was huge on the Mac, but should have gotten a lot more exposure and popularity on Windows as well. I remember sinking literally hundreds of hours into that game, through mods and total conversions.
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rampancy: I can see what you mean, but these games have been only playable on OS X in a strictly unofficial and unsupported capacity, either through WINE, VMs, or DOSBox and community/open source ports, through roundabout shenanigans and trickery with the installer files. In terms of official support, this is the first time that these games have really been available on OS X.
GOG is still only using vanilla Dosbox/Boxer for Dos games (Windows games likely use WINE/commercial WINE if not officially ported). There is no real software side support.
Post edited October 18, 2012 by Malignant_Manor
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rampancy: I'd love to see EV Nova on GOG, as it does have a Windows port – that was one game that was huge on the Mac, but should have gotten a lot more exposure and popularity on Windows as well. I remember sinking literally hundreds of hours into that game, through mods and total conversions.
And with the official (I believe) conversions of the two previous games, those, too, are playable on Windows and OS X/Intel.
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Aaron86: So does this mean we can get Good Old Mac Games like Realmz, Cythera, and Escape Velocity? :3
I would love this :)
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Aaron86: So does this mean we can get Good Old Mac Games like Realmz, Cythera, and Escape Velocity? :3
Also the Marathon games would be nice to see, granted I don't have a MAC but it would still be cool to see
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DCT: Also the Marathon games would be nice to see, granted I don't have a MAC but it would still be cool to see
They certainly would, but if you're prepared to do a little bit of work, you can get them now, through the official open-source engine Aleph One and the game data which has also been released for free.

Edit: you don't even need to do any extra work, it seems they've nicely packaged each of the games together with the engine in a zip file, so you can just extract and play.
Post edited October 18, 2012 by Miaghstir
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DCT: Also the Marathon games would be nice to see, granted I don't have a MAC but it would still be cool to see
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Miaghstir: They certainly would, but if you're prepared to do a little bit of work, you can get them now, through the official open-source engine Aleph One and the game data which has also been released for free.
and I should add that Aleph One officially supports Windows, Linux, and OS X (they even have a port for OS 9 too).
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rampancy: and I should add that Aleph One officially supports Windows, Linux, and OS X (they even have a port for OS 9 too).
That too, I should have mentioned that but completely forgot typing it down.
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DCT: Also the Marathon games would be nice to see, granted I don't have a MAC but it would still be cool to see
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Miaghstir: They certainly would, but if you're prepared to do a little bit of work, you can get them now, through the official open-source engine Aleph One and the game data which has also been released for free.
I don't think you even need to do any work. I downloaded those games a few months ago, and they came with regular Windows installers. Download, install, play. :)

Edit: Ninja'd by another user's self-edit. ;)
Post edited October 18, 2012 by Psyringe
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Psyringe: I don't think you even need to do any work. I downloaded those games a few months ago, and they came with regular Windows installers. Download, install, play. :)

Edit: Ninja'd by another user's self-edit. ;)
Yeah, I was going off what I remembered when I last downloaded it long ago, then checked the page to make sure, and found out they'd made it easier.
Huge kudos for adding support for Mac games! Only problem is that this is gonna ruin me :-)
About time. I was tired of hacking around with PlayOnMac and the like. I'll certainly start buying more games now.
Ok, I'm gonna ask the ... bad questions (:

SO:

ppc versions? (: (No, really, 90% of my osX machines are PPC.)

Sure, dosbox, but I meant the NON-DOSBOX ones. I already did the Dosbox ones on the mac, cuz, you know. Dosbox (:

If we already own these, how do we get the osX versions? Just leech away on the page, and say "Yes gimme the dmg" or do I need to do some other trickery?

What VERSION of osX does it need? Snow Leper and above, or can they run on the non-sucky versions like Leopard? (And Tiger? Tiger would be nice. They're bouncy flouncy fun fun fun fun fun! Unlike, say, Snow Lepers. They're not bouncy or fun.)

And now: Thanks. This is a step in the right direction. Next, of course, I'd really like to have Linux, but you KNEW that was coming (: I can wait til you're ready (: