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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: I wonder if they're going to use Boxer for the DOSBox games? They should. :)
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tarasis: I'll check shortly, I'm currently in Windows but will boot over shortly.
Yup looks like a Boxer variant - opening the package content reveals "Boxer Standalone" under the MacOS folder and the title is SimCity 2000.boxer.

Cool! Good choice GOG!
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mistermumbles: I think we need some more gorgonzola and camembert in this thread, pronto! GOG branching out like this isn't such a bad move, although I find it amusing that most of these "new" Mac games are DOSBox-based. It's not that surprising though. Still, it'll be interesting to see what games will be added to that list in the future. I'm happy for our fellow Mac gamers.
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crazy_dave: Thanks :) - one day Linux will be supported too, it makes sense! And I will likewise be happy for you guys when does come.
Yeah, don't get me wrong, I'm happy that there is more choice now, even if I wouldn't exercise it myself. Hell, one of the reasons I use Linux is having choice :D
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crazy_dave: For Linux users - don't worry! Linux is just that much harder to support
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TheJoe: No it isn't. We can easily write a script to convert these packages to apt and yum.
That's not the same thing as offering official support that GOG is responsible for and the multitude of different machine - Mac support just makes more sense if you want to test the waters of multi-OS support. There are fewer variants in both software AND hardware. It's just easier.

Linux support will come.
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xyem: +1271 Add Mac OS X versions of games +7084 Add Linux versions of games
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kodeen: I think the reason you see more Linux users on this site currently is because Linux users are already expecting to jumping through hoops getting software from other platforms running on theirs, while Mac users generally aren't. With this new Mac support, I expect the amount of Mac users on the site to surpass the Linux users in a reasonably short amount of time.
Agreed - I don't know if the number of Mac users will surpass Linux users, but it will go up.
Post edited October 18, 2012 by crazy_dave
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johndrinkwater: [...] such a shame we Linux users get ignored…
We hardly get ignored. In fact, TheEnigmaticT has responded on the many requests for Linux support for GOG games. And personally, I think he has a point.
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crazy_dave: Yup looks like a Boxer variant - opening the package content reveals "Boxer Standalone" under the MacOS folder and the title is SimCity 2000.boxer. Cool! Good choice GOG!
Yep, I just checked Dungeon Keeper. Gorgeous (aka. delicious.) Someone must have told them us Mac users accept nothing less. :P I am pleased. Also possibly of interest, no EULA to agree to.
Quite possibly the best day of my life.... Thank you GOG Team!!!
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tarasis: I understand your point, however how much engineering effort is required? Which distro do you support? Which desktop enviroment? The thing with the Mac (and iOS for that matter) is that there is a relatively limited set of machines and hardware to test against. Compared to Linux which generally runs on custom built hardware with a wide array of graphics and sound chips. (or Android which has a shed load of variants in terms of hardware and os versions)
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Kristian: GOG.com already have a number of games that work fine under Linux. For example they could just as easily package DOS games with the Linux version of DOSBox as with the Windows version of DOSBox. In those cases it is up to the developers of the Linux version of DOSBox to answer the questions you are asking. In other cases games that are on GOG.com have native Linux ports available from their developers/publishers, all GOG would have to do is to provide an option to download the relevant Linux binaries/installers that already EXIST from GOG.com. Again in that case it is up to the developers to decide stuff like what distributions they will support. Us Linux users would gladly accept mere hosting/unofficial support from GOG.com, we are not asking GOG to do compatibility testing and the like that they have done with Mac and Windows. At least I am not.
But then they already do that really. Think about it - if you are already porting the game yourself, adding the game files as zips is only one less step you have to do and usually the easiest to bypass. GOG has stated they only want to offer official support. If you want official support at the level you are describing, you already have it.

When GOG is ready to add Linux officially it will do so for all available games and will support all of them - including the indies. Adding Mac support makes adding Linux in the furture more likely.
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tarasis: I'll check shortly, I'm currently in Windows but will boot over shortly.
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crazy_dave: Yup looks like a Boxer variant - opening the package content reveals "Boxer Standalone" under the MacOS folder and the title is SimCity 2000.boxer. Cool! Good choice GOG!
Excellent, thanks for letting me know. (currently waiting for the "free" payday game from Steam to test how it runs on my system before I consider buying it. I've a couple of games which are currently unplayable on my machine at a decent framerate (aka above 11+ FPS): namely The Witcher, Ghostbusters and Dragon Age: Origins (though I stuck throught that to the end))
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xyem: +1271 Add Mac OS X versions of games +7084 Add Linux versions of games
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kodeen: I think the reason you see more Linux users on this site currently is because Linux users are already expecting to jumping through hoops getting software from other platforms running on theirs, while Mac users generally aren't. With this new Mac support, I expect the amount of Mac users on the site to surpass the Linux users in a reasonably short amount of time.
But catering to the Linux users who are already here would be "Customer love". We're the ones who have helped make GOG profitable enough to add a new OS..

Mac users (who aren't here) get a years worth of development time. Linux customers don't get a month of creating and uploading .tar.gz's which requires.. no development time. Seems somewhat skewed.

I do think the idea of a "retro" Mac gamer is kind of weird. Aren't they all too pre-occupied with shiny-ooo-this-looks-nice things to be retro gamers? :D [1]

[1]I jest of course, but that is the typical Mac user image as far as I know.
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crazy_dave: Thanks :) - one day Linux will be supported too, it makes sense! And I will likewise be happy for you guys when does come.
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xyem: Yeah, don't get me wrong, I'm happy that there is more choice now, even if I wouldn't exercise it myself. Hell, one of the reasons I use Linux is having choice :D
:) Don't worry I have faith, it makes sense to bring official support to Linux and it makes sense to use the Mac as a testbed for official multi-OS support. Let's just hope GOG can continue to grow and then feel ready to add Linux. I feel pretty good about it happening.

Besides us Mac and Linux gamers still have to port the vast majority of the games ourselves. :) We're still in this together (for the most part)!
I did not follow... When will the mac games be available and what is the list of games that are gonna be available ?
It's official, GOG.com is the greatest digital distribution store ever. It's not even an opinion anymore. I'm claiming it as a fact now. Better than the Gamestop App (they're bringing that to the Mac but are taking forever with it), better than Origin (also coming to Mac but will probably be released in a long time), and heck even better than Steam. Great announcement GOG. You guys are awesome.
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kodeen: I think the reason you see more Linux users on this site currently is because Linux users are already expecting to jumping through hoops getting software from other platforms running on theirs, while Mac users generally aren't. With this new Mac support, I expect the amount of Mac users on the site to surpass the Linux users in a reasonably short amount of time.
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xyem: But catering to the Linux users who are already here would be "Customer love". We're the ones who have helped make GOG profitable enough to add a new OS.. Mac users (who aren't here) get a years worth of development time. Linux customers don't get a month of creating and uploading .tar.gz's which requires.. no development time. Seems somewhat skewed. I do think the idea of a "retro" Mac gamer is kind of weird. Aren't they all too pre-occupied with shiny-ooo-this-looks-nice things to be retro gamers? :D [1] [1]I jest of course, but that is the typical Mac user image as far as I know.
:P

I'm going to try to spread the classic gaming love among the Mac community - besides if you were always Mac like me, you never got to play some these games, you get to discover them fresh!
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N0x0ss: I did not follow... When will the mac games be available and what is the list of games that are gonna be available ?
They're available now, 50 of them - you can check the game catalog and limit the showing to only games with Mac support
Post edited October 18, 2012 by crazy_dave
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xyem: I do think the idea of a "retro" Mac gamer is kind of weird. Aren't they all too pre-occupied with shiny-ooo-this-looks-nice things to be retro gamers? :D [1] [1]I jest of course, but that is the typical Mac user image as far as I know.
Agreed. I also wouldn't be surprised if some of the real Mac purists don't start complaining that they're getting Dos versions of games instead of IIgs versions. Also, where's Marathon? And no old PPC games, even though Apple stripped PPC support! An outrage, I tell you.
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Inuboy1000: It's official, GOG.com is the greatest digital distribution store ever. It's not even an opinion anymore. I'm claiming it as a fact now. Better than the Gamestop App (they're bringing that to the Mac but are taking forever with it), better than Origin (also coming to Mac but will probably be released in a long time), and heck even better than Steam. Great announcement GOG. You guys are awesome.
You forgot to include a complaint in your post.

;)