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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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crazy_dave: Not quite true - While The Witcher 2 Mac version is native, The Witcher 1 for Mac sold on GOG is a WINE port done using Wineskin by CDPR itself (who also tweaked the game's code/assets to remove graphical/gameplay glitches that plagued the community WINE ports) However, GOG won't in general have that kind of access to the game's code/assets and so some games will be difficult or potentially impossible. Getting games working in WINE in general is more difficult than DOSBox, so expect a heavy priority to the latter - perhaps to the exclusion of the former (for a long time).
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dirtyharry50: It really depends on the game in question. Yes, some games require fooling around with Winetricks, etc. to grab particular files needed, changes to various WINE settings or whatnot but there are also a lot of games that work with a minimum of fooling around. It varies widely by game. So obviously, a good approach would probably be doing some of the easier ones first and going from there. Your point is well taken that some are just not ever going to work. But there is a happy medium somewhere where plenty of classics do work and could be released by GOG for Mac. I think they may do it eventually but they need to see some sales revenue based on the efforts already made and being made I'd guess.
Aye as I replied to you above some games even work better in WINE than Windows. Still I think it will be awhile before GOG starts officially porting WINE games to Mac. In general its tricky and more difficult. Plus they have a lot of DOSBox & ScummVM releases to get through and also who knows what the licensing agreements they have with the publishers are for non-DOSBox games. One day it may very well happen, but it may take awhile. Honestly I'd expect official Linux support first. ;)
Post edited October 19, 2012 by crazy_dave
Thank you so much for listening to your customers GoG! I am so happy that this wish of mine (and many others') has been fulfilled.
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Is this a joke? In the aftermath of telling us you can't be bothered to release Linux versions when available, you announce you will do so for OSX? Look at how many more of your customers are asking for Linux compared to OSX. Not cool, guys.
Post edited October 19, 2012 by coerciblegerm
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Psyringe: With regard to Guillaume's statement - it was a promo show, you don't really expect them to say "And also, we will give you the Mac and PC versions both for the price of one game, because the current market situation forces us to, no matter if we want to or not", do you? ;) Also, he didn't even say anything wrong, GOG _is_ very nice and customer-friendly compared to other shops.
Honestly, I'd choose a distributor, or any other company for that matter, who speaks truthfully and openly, over companies that use market speech and lies to hide the truth.

GOG isn't bad in that matter, but if I ever saw a company that isn't afraid to publicly speak about their disadvantages, faulty decisions they've made, their doubts and other "weaknesses", I'd be willing to support such a company much more than one that claims it is the best and that no competition even exists.

If I ever saw a company admit "Well, if you prefer stable solutions, you'd better try one of our competitors", I'd definitely search no longer, but help this one improve it's stability issues.

Surprisingly, I only see such levels of honesty in non-profit organizations, but maybe it's just that such companies don't advertise too much and are less known?

In any case, I see GOG.com around the middle of the spectrum - they are willing to go against the tide to some degree, but they do succumb to some overwhelming bad market practices at other times. (One thing I'd love them to stop is to advertise games as "addictive" - I mean it's a really bad thing if a game causes an addiction, so you play it even when you don't want to and you no longer enjoy it. I personally play many of the "Just one more turn" games and I don't find them as addictive as advertised, and I'm really glad about it. On the other hand many modern games use special techniques designed to cause addiction (such as "play everyday or you'll lose some free bonus"), and this is a really evil practice that should be banned.)
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BoxOfSnoo: You know, I could read that as "everyone I know has one, and if I want to swap apps and tips or get recommended programs why don't I get what everyone else has". The same thing happened with Windows. People got Windows because that's all they saw, not that it was terribly cool. What I see a LOT more is people that just don't want to *fuss* with a computer, either anymore or ever. They have heard and perhaps see that Mac is the way to gain that release from geek-hell. I'm not gonna say Macs have no configuration or stability issues ever, but my experience is that there are fewer by orders of magnitude.
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xyem: You could read it that way and if that was the case, it would also be fine. But then the reason for having one is "support", not "everyone has one". At least here, it doesn't go any deeper than that. Sounds like you have a more technically competent circle of friends than I do! Quite jealous :P
Mostly not. But the "...so I can get support" part is usually implied with the "everyone else has one...". It's like back in the day when they sold software at actual stores. If they wanted to pop out to the store and get something, it was available for Windows. So they got Windows. I'm thinking back to the pre-Win95 days here, when I saw exactly what you're seeing, except on Windows. It had nothing to do with cool, unless you consider peer group support to be something trivial.

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xyem: If it's that easy, then what's stopping you from doing it? Run stuff in dosbox, post instructions for others how to do it. (Let me know how to get sound over HDMI and transparency working on Rayman 2 on Ubuntu, while you're at it) What you and 7000 other people are asking for is for GOG to *support* those efforts.
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xyem: What is stopping me? Distribution rights to the files and access to a system that would allow me to determine who brought what. However, I am working on GOG packages for Linux (Arch Linux to start with). For all games (that I have). Not only that, there will be supported ones (ones that tested and worked fine, which would be in AUR) and unsupported ones (ones that tested and I couldn't get working) which would be available through the Git repo. Besides, it's not like they have made all their games Mac-supported so I don't know why you are making arguments that sound like you think I'm asking for all GOG games to work on Linux. Just emulated (DOSbox, ScummVM) and developer-native would be great. Even if they were just put in as "extras" and unsupported. And that wouldn't be much work. EDIT: If GOG actually would give me access to their system, I'd absolutely love to make a "little sister" site providing the files, launchers etc. for other platforms.
I wasn't suggesting that you distribute packages, but that you post instructions. For some of them it would be "innoextract, cp and dosbox" I'm sure.

I don't think I was saying you expected every GOG game on Linux today any more than I expected every GOG game on Mac today. Prior to this announcement I bought a few things elsewhere because they actually included the (developer provided) Mac binary, whereas GOG just buried it. I wanted them to just post a link to the existing binary as well, but they don't work that way. They want to support what they sell.
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Senteria: Congratulations to the mac owners. Just wondering something though. I grew up my whole life with windows and I like the operating system. What does Mac have to offer me to switch sides? Just curious. Also at art schools, all they use are macs. I remember having to operate a mouse with 1 button and holding crtl down and click for 'right click'. That's just... illogical.
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deonast: I agree mac mice just don't work for PC users. I think it comes down to look we made mouse we think looks good, it may not work well but we can't admit it was a mistake (no it is a design choice) so mac users are stuck with it. Yes I don't really think logic ever came into it. ---- I'm pretty sure you can use a "normal" mouse with a mac though, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
You can use a "normal" mouse just fine. Because bundled Mac mice are junk, much like every other bundled mouse with any computer.

The whole logic of the single mouse button was that right-clicking was non-intuitive and "hidden" behaviour. Mac OS was designed so that right-clicking was generally unnecessary. Apps designed according to their guidelines should either make some kind of standard menu item, button or drag and drop action instead of a hidden menu. And it does make for a nice clean design, I must say.

That being said, being an old timer with computers, I just plug in my Logitech mouse and start right-clicking. Done. Or you can go into settings and basically check a checkbox that says "let me right-click". That's it. Nobody's "stuck" with anything.
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Bloodygoodgames: I owned an Apple computer for literally 2 days a few years ago. Hated, hated, hated it. Slow with the games that were incredibly fast on my PC, a laboriously long time to load any game, constant game crashes and freezes and on and on. After 2 days, I put it up for sale on Craig's List and sold it at a $200 loss. Glad to get rid of the bloody awful thing. (Apple wouldn't take it back as, according to them, it had been 'customized' - read 'had more memory added to it', which Apple themselves did when I ordered it online;) Needless to say, I have never bought an Apple product since, nor would I. But, hey, good for Mac users being able to get their GOG fix. Just don't ever expect me to buy the P.O.S. computer :)
If you're getting a Mac mainly to run Windows stuff, you're probably not going to be happy.

AFAIK Apple will take back custom built computers, check the refurbished list on their site; there's all sorts of non-standard upgrades available. I would have leaned much more heavily on them, if I was you. (And if you had Apple add the RAM you got soaked for it...)
Post edited October 19, 2012 by BoxOfSnoo
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deonast: I agree mac mice just don't work for PC users. I think it comes down to look we made mouse we think looks good, it may not work well but we can't admit it was a mistake (no it is a design choice) so mac users are stuck with it. Yes I don't really think logic ever came into it. ---- I'm pretty sure you can use a "normal" mouse with a mac though, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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BoxOfSnoo: You can use a "normal" mouse just fine. Because bundled Mac mice are junk, much like every other bundled mouse with any computer. The whole logic of the single mouse button was that right-clicking was non-intuitive and "hidden" behaviour. Mac OS was designed so that right-clicking was generally unnecessary. Apps designed according to their guidelines should either make some kind of standard menu item, button or drag and drop action instead of a hidden menu. And it does make for a nice clean design, I must say. That being said, being an old timer with computers, I just plug in my Logitech mouse and start right-clicking. Done. Or you can go into settings and basically check a checkbox that says "let me right-click". That's it. Nobody's "stuck" with anything.
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Bloodygoodgames: I owned an Apple computer for literally 2 days a few years ago. Hated, hated, hated it. Slow with the games that were incredibly fast on my PC, a laboriously long time to load any game, constant game crashes and freezes and on and on. After 2 days, I put it up for sale on Craig's List and sold it at a $200 loss. Glad to get rid of the bloody awful thing. (Apple wouldn't take it back as, according to them, it had been 'customized' - read 'had more memory added to it', which Apple themselves did when I ordered it online;) Needless to say, I have never bought an Apple product since, nor would I. But, hey, good for Mac users being able to get their GOG fix. Just don't ever expect me to buy the P.O.S. computer :)
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BoxOfSnoo: If you're getting a Mac mainly to run Windows stuff, you're probably not going to be happy. AFAIK Apple will take back custom built computers, check the refurbished list on their site; there's all sorts of non-standard upgrades available. I would have leaned much more heavily on them, if I was you. (And if you had Apple add the RAM you got soaked for it...)
Bow, no, they wouldn't.

I called several times, spoke to 3 managers and threatened a lawsuit (they told me when I bought the thing it was fully returnable, even with the extra RAM then changed their mind).

My time was better spent just selling the godawful thing, taking a loss and remembering never ever ever buy an Apple product again. 9 years later, and I never have :)
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Truck: Ok, I'm gonna ask the ... bad questions (: SO: ppc versions? (: (No, really, 90% of my osX machines are PPC.) ...
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pen_sq: Humbug, PowerPC will make you go blind! A Motorola is all the computer a real man needs. Maybe an Apple Language Card too, if you like wearing stockings on the weekends. Ain't nothing wrong with a bit of stockings, long as you keep it to yourself SOLDIER!
Please, son, I've got Amigas. I do 68000 assembly. You're preaching to the choir.

I just happen to be one of those people that are asked repeatedly "can you use this old machine" and I say... "why, yes."

Except now, cuz I'm out of room ):
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Bloodygoodgames: ow, no, they wouldn't. I called several times, spoke to 3 managers and threatened a lawsuit (they told me when I bought the thing it was fully returnable, even with the extra RAM then changed their mind). My time was better spent just selling the godawful thing, taking a loss and remembering never ever ever buy an Apple product again. 9 years later, and I never have :)
That's very odd, but then 9-10 years ago they possibly had a different policy. It's a long time to hold a grudge :)
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Bloodygoodgames: ow, no, they wouldn't. I called several times, spoke to 3 managers and threatened a lawsuit (they told me when I bought the thing it was fully returnable, even with the extra RAM then changed their mind). My time was better spent just selling the godawful thing, taking a loss and remembering never ever ever buy an Apple product again. 9 years later, and I never have :)
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tarasis: That's very odd, but then 9-10 years ago they possibly had a different policy. It's a long time to hold a grudge :)
Nah, no grudge. But when a company charges me $2,000 for a computer and then doesn't hold up their end of the bargain, you can guaranfuckingtee it that I'm never going to buy a product from them again :)
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Truck: Ok, I'm gonna ask the ... bad questions (: SO: ppc versions? (: (No, really, 90% of my osX machines are PPC.)
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rampancy: Oy. I should have known someone was going to ask this. Apart from the DOSBox-based games, I don't know of any effective modern solution for running x86/Windows apps on PPC. I remember there was an effort to wed Bochs, an x86 emulator, to Darwine, but I don't know what's happened to it. VirtualPC on Mac PPC is long gone, with Connectix bought up by Microsoft years ago. Sorry, but it's time to upgrade...(look at the bright side, the rumored 13" Retina MacBook Pro is supposed to be coming soon!) Anyway, it goes without saying that you need 10.6.8 minimum, and an Intel Mac.
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Truck: 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 f un fun fun fun fun! Unlike, say, Snow Lepers. They're not bouncy or fun.)
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rampancy: Huh? Snow Leopard is the best version of OS X Apple has out there. Better than Lion at any rate.
I need POSIX; and various engineers at Apple don't understand POSIX but they understand os7/8/9 cruft. Things like "oh, you don't REALLY mean for that to be a read only file, I'll change it for you." (A finder thing. No, finder, you may NOT change my files.)

Yes, I'm a Unix person more than a Mac person, and when they were a damn fine POSIX "under the hood, it's Unix" setup - it was great. Now, it isn't. Things I set change on me, which is a Windows-like thing. No good. Ain't putting up with that. Thus, why I won't use any of the crippled osX's - that means anything above Leopard. And, honestly, I'm not too thrilled with Leopard.

(So I agree with you 100% on Lion, and above.)

I'm basically not using osX these days, instead, using Linux and BSD, mainly because of this. But I have no problem supporting GOG and it's nice to use the old PPC machines for gaming (:

Oh, and don't get me started on the broken EFI implementations. Even worse than their buggy Open Firmware implementations.

You did assume I only have PPC macs and that I haven't upgraded. I have a nice 13" Macbook from work, but it's screen is far too small. It runs ArchLinux just fine, tho. Much nicer than Lion. Which is the version Apple supports on it. Nope, not downgrading... will just use Arch (:

(And will, of course, try to support both older osX things as well as Linux for games.)
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Senteria: Congratulations to the mac owners. Just wondering something though. I grew up my whole life with windows and I like the operating system. What does Mac have to offer me to switch sides? Just curious. Also at art schools, all they use are macs. I remember having to operate a mouse with 1 button and holding crtl down and click for 'right click'. That's just... illogical.
If you're happy with Windows, ..if you're happy with anything in general really, then it's because something else probably doesn't offer you much to "switch sides." Asking us to convince you won't change your mind since you're clearly not ready to switch, or you would've explored it yourself.

As for the mouse buttons, why stop at 2? Why not 3, 4 or 5, as many as the fingers we have? (⁊_⁊) The vast majority of everyday computing can be performed well enough with just one button - ask any modern smartphone or tablet user.

Don't you realize that all the touchscreen mobile devices you see today have effectively only ONE button? Yes you can tap with multiple fingers in different places, but that's the equivalent of having multiple pointers (mice) not multiple buttons.

I'd been using Windows all my life too and only recently made the switch to  OS X a few months ago (and boy am I going to stay ^^.) I got one of those Magic Mice by Apple and even though it supports "right"-clicking I thought I'd try the single-button mode that Mac users had been accustomed to for so many years - and guess what, it works surprisingly well! In the end it's all a matter of what you're used to.

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rampancy: Oy. I should have known someone was going to ask this. Apart from the DOSBox-based games, I don't know of any effective modern solution for running x86/Windows apps on PPC. I remember there was an effort to wed Bochs, an x86 emulator, to Darwine, but I don't know what's happened to it. VirtualPC on Mac PPC is long gone, with Connectix bought up by Microsoft years ago. Sorry, but it's time to upgrade...(look at the bright side, the rumored 13" Retina MacBook Pro is supposed to be coming soon!)
Parallels Desktop works great and lets me play some Direct3D games in OS X at 60 FPS :)
EDIT: Oh nevermind you said PPC :( Yes you should upgrade :D I'm on Mountain Lion and can't see why one'd rather be on an older OS.

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timppu: - If Mac gamers get hooked to existing GOG Mac games, maybe at some point they want to get rest of them too, and get also a PC for playing them? :)
nnah, people with PCs switch/return to Macs, not the other way around (^_-)
Post edited October 19, 2012 by 1UP
There's nothing practical I can complain about, so I'll just say the announcement prickled my pear in the wrong way.

;)

I'm glad that reason has prevailed in this thread over irrationality and emotion.
I just realized that the Imperial Glory Mac version is not only true Mac-native, but it's from Feral Interactive! Whoa. (Usually they're much more expensive because it's from a different publisher... and a highly regarded studio at that).
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coerciblegerm: Is this a joke? In the aftermath of telling us you can't be bothered to release Linux versions when available, you announce you will do so for OSX? Look at how many more of your customers are asking for Linux compared to OSX. Not cool, guys.
They've explained it several times now, mostly through answers on the forums. Providing support for Linux is much harder due to the high amount of different distributions - additionally it seems that more people are using OS X than Linux. I don't like Apple either but it's a solid argument why Mac support comes first.