Posted January 26, 2013
and as soon as any (technically inclined or not) user gets a whiff of a "enhanced" version, they will try to access it. Human nature and curiosity.
DCT: I know it's still a bit silly if you ask me, take for example Kings Quest 6 some releases of the game have both the DOS and Windows version included and if memory serves the version you can pick up on Steam in the KQ collection was one such release but when you installed the collection it only sets up a shortcut and runs the DOS version and unless you go poking around the directory you would have no clue there was a enhanced windows version inside the folder. Obviously it's not supported and as I said not many people are really going to bother since the orginal DOS version runs and again as far as they know that is the only version.
cogadh: I think you are severely underestimating the technical expertise of the "average customer" here. A large majority of the people who are buying the old games on GOG are very technically inclined gamers who are well informed about what is and isn't in some of these games. If they weren't, topics like this would not come up as often as they do. These are definitely the kinds of people who will go tinkering around with the game files and will very likely find stuff that does not work, then post on the forums about the "broken content" in GOG games (not maliciously, mind you, just looking for community help). This, in turn leads the less informed customers to think that GOG is selling a broken product. Safer in the long run to simply not include that stuff.