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(Hopefully I don't unleash fury with this thread. I just think it's an important subject.)

In my opinion, behind the focus on DRM-free, GOG is best known around the internet for "old games that work on new systems". And TET has said that's what their focus is, games that just plain work or work right "out of the box". (I don't know if there's been any attempt to "downplay" that or not, but I am a little sad that it doesn't have it's own "number", maybe #3 instead of "Extra bonus goodies". It does fall under Extra Compatibility, though, under #4,"Games sold on GOG.com are compatible with Windows XP or later and select titles also work on Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.")

Looking around the game specific forums gives a bit of a negative sense as to how GOG is doing on that front, but naturally people whose games work fine won't be posting there. So here I'm hoping to get a sense of how GOG is actually doing on the "games that work 'right out of the box'" front, no matter how ugly they may look without fan patches or whatever. It'd be nice to get a fraction or percent amount, like "300/310 games have worked without problems" or "~90% of my games have worked out trouble", but feel free to provide any info.

I'm hoping that most of what I hear is positive (while keeping in mind what TET said in "The Silver case" thread) because honestly, I believe it's part of what we're paying for. As somebody who was p.o.'d at the Dungeon Keeper 2 situation said, we could easily pirate these games and tinker to get them to work ourselves, but we're paying GOG for tweaking, testing, and compatibility assurance.

(Certainly props to the team - mainly timeslip - for the DK2 patch, though. Perhaps they get frustrated because we don't see what they put up with behind the scenes, like with Anachronox.)

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For me personally, I have about 30 games (including freebies) and the only one I think I've played that I have had a problem with is Beyond Good and Evil, but I fixed that by setting the resolution to 640x480. (My current graphics card seems to be a piece of crap anyway, nVidia 7600 GT)
Red Baron 3D needed some tweeking but I think the question may be a little unfair to GOG. RB didn't fail to work because of GOG but rather my OS. They can't possibly make it so their games work right out of the box for every possible setup (and I know you didn't say that :D) and the fact that they (or someone in the forum) gets back to me so quickly should I have a problem leaves me a very happy customer. Not that you'd ever know it. It's not like I spend all day in this forum. :P
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tinyE: Red Baron 3D needed some tweaking but I think the question may be a little unfair to GOG.
Perhaps. What should I be asking, then?
The only game of mine that didn't work out of the box was Heroes 3 (well, and Chronicles too). I had to patch them with Imagecfg to get them to run on only one core. The newer installers of HOMM3 seem to have fixed the problem, however.

I've had some video glitches with a couple of games (BG&E, Gemini Rue, Giants: Citizen Kabuto) but all of them were easily fixed through the built-in graphics options, so I really don't consider that to be an issue in the slightest.
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bevinator: The only game of mine that didn't work out of the box was Heroes 3 (well, and Chronicles too). I had to patch them with Imagecfg to get them to run on only one core. The newer installers of HOMM3 seem to have fixed the problem, however.

I've had some video glitches with a couple of games (BG&E, Gemini Rue, Giants: Citizen Kabuto) but all of them were easily fixed through the built-in graphics options, so I really don't consider that to be an issue in the slightest.
Nice. (Out of curiosity, how many games do you own?)
All that I have played have worked fine so far. Of course there is the usual things like setting up controls, resolution, mods and what not. I don't consider those to be something that counts against a working "out of the box" experience because a lot of it is personal preference. Also on my laptop I have to set each game to use dedicated or integrated graphics, but again that isn't related to GOG's work.
The only game i have here that i had some issues with was Blood 2. The game did work fine, but it crashed sometimes. Not a big deal.

I had to mess with the DOSBox config files to get Syndicate to properly work in one of the later missions, because it took a while for the game to appear on the screen, which made me die many times even before i could see what was happening in the game. I think it was on the Cayman Island mission or something like that.
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tinyE: Red Baron 3D needed some tweaking but I think the question may be a little unfair to GOG.
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tfishell: Perhaps. What should I be asking, then?
I'm sorry that came out wrong. :D It's a great thread and I just meant to cut off people who might insinuate that it was a 'bash GOG' thread. You, the OP, know it isn't, and I know it isn't, and I'm sure the bulk of the people know it isn't but I just know someone who had a bad experience with an install is going to chime in here using the thread as an excuse to chide GOG for "shitty programming". My bad on the my post being a little unclear.
I have around between 50-60 GOG games ranging from very old to some of the new stuff. Have at least downloaded and installed and tested mildly (like 5minutes) most of those games. Ive had no problems yet.
When you mean problems, are we talking a) dont work at all (kinda of hard to believe this would happen at all as im sure they do rigorous testing on all supported systems) b) screen resolution isn't what you want it be etc c) bugs? (a lot of these i imagine are problems with the actual game itself, how it was made blah blah - these are not a gog issue - i hope most understand that).
Im pretty happy with what gog has done to get the games to work so far on modern systems...:)
Post edited June 01, 2013 by nijuu
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tfishell: (Hopefully I don't unleash fury with this thread. I just think it's an important subject.)

In my opinion, behind the focus on DRM-free, GOG is best known around the internet for "old games that work on new systems". And TET has said that's what their focus is, games that just plain work or work right "out of the box". (I don't know if there's been any attempt to "downplay" that or not, but I am a little sad that it doesn't have it's own "number", maybe #3 instead of "Extra bonus goodies". It does fall under Extra Compatibility, though, under #4,"Games sold on GOG.com are compatible with Windows XP or later and select titles also work on Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.")

Looking around the game specific forums gives a bit of a negative sense as to how GOG is doing on that front, but naturally people whose games work fine won't be posting there. So here I'm hoping to get a sense of how GOG is actually doing on the "games that work 'right out of the box'" front, no matter how ugly they may look without fan patches or whatever. It'd be nice to get a fraction or percent amount, like "300/310 games have worked without problems" or "~90% of my games have worked out trouble", but feel free to provide any info.

I'm hoping that most of what I hear is positive (while keeping in mind what TET said in "The Silver case" thread) because honestly, I believe it's part of what we're paying for. As somebody who was p.o.'d at the Dungeon Keeper 2 situation said, we could easily pirate these games and tinker to get them to work ourselves, but we're paying GOG for tweaking, testing, and compatibility assurance.

(Certainly props to the team - mainly timeslip - for the DK2 patch, though. Perhaps they get frustrated because we don't see what they put up with behind the scenes, like with Anachronox.)

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For me personally, I have about 30 games (including freebies) and the only one I think I've played that I have had a problem with is Beyond Good and Evil, but I fixed that by setting the resolution to 640x480. (My current graphics card seems to be a piece of crap anyway, nVidia 7600 GT)
I would say more than 90% and most of the ones needing tweaking only needed a little and I had them up and running in about 10 minutes and usually GOG had instructions to follow (from some reason Gothic gave me a lot of trouble but I got it working finally).
The only game I've really had problems with is Interstate '76 but we've all known that one to be problematic for a while now.

I've had a few problems with other games but the only ones I can think of that were not solvable by simply running as administrator were Commandos and its conflict with a codec or something of that nature and Blitzkrieg for the same reason.

Oh and Great Battles has crashed on me more than once.

There's another portion that can't run due to hardware limitations but I don't count those.
BTW speaking of, they are going to release a fix for the Settlers3 uninstall bug some time next week.
All of my GOG games have worked "right out of the box" (although, I don't have that many GOG games). I really like their commitment to making it readily playable from the get-go, because I don't know anything about computers and it takes me awhile to fiddle with games that don't work ASAP. For instance, when I bought Deus Ex and Thief from Steam, I had to fuck around with the files to get them to work, and it kinda ruined my mood :/
I also had issues with Red Baron 3D, and just decided to come back to it later.

DOS games usually aren't satisfactory for me "out of the box. The work without any tweaking, but the aspect ratio is usually a bit off, and it bugs the crap out of me. I have really bad luck getting the correct aspect ratio with GOG's included graphics configuration program, so I have to edit the configuration files myself.

Other than that, everything has been great. No issues besides the ones I mentioned above, and the DOS games are only a problem because I'm picky.
I now own 91 games on GOG. Yikes :)

I've only had problems with 2 of them. Weirdly, the first game I ever bought here -- Broken Sword -- crashed at a certain point every time and I couldn't move on. But someone in the forums sent me a save file to fix the problem AND when I played the game through again on a different computer, I didn't have a problem at all, so probably something with my computer, IMO.

The other one I had a minor problem with was Soulbriinger -- took me about 20 minutes to get it to load correctly so that the game was actually playable (it kept loading with a postage stamp sized screen). But once I'd fiddled with a few settings and followed a couple of hints in the forums it played flawlessly after that.

BTW -- compare my 2 minor problems with games on GOG with games I've bought on GamersGate. I own about 70 games there and I've had problems with at least 20 percent of them. Problems so bad that, if it wasn't for someone on their forums there or here at GOG giving me MAJOR help, they would have been completely unplayable.

Needless to say, 90 percent of my game purchases now are at GOG. In fact, I don't buy at GG at all anymore.