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Hello!

I recently bought The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, and was going to play both of them, but a problem occurred: TLJ doesn't work well with Wine (character models are not rendered) and my attempt to run it in Virtualbox always end up with a crash at the end of the first video (with the tree).
I'm going to investigate into all this, but it will take time and I would like to jump into the adventure as soon as possible!

I was wondering: if I play Dreamfall first, then TLJ, will I spoil my pleasure in any way?

I don't mind the chronology (I've seen Star Wars IV, V & VI before I, II & III, and it caused no problem ^^), but I don't want to have great revelations in TLJ to become tasteless because they're assumed common knowledge when playing Dreamfall…

So, what do you think about it?

PS: No spoilers please!
I would definitely recommend playing in a chronological order starting with TLJ.
It so happened that I first played Dreamfall a couple years ago, but never finished it. And I can say that it was written with a strong assumption that it's a sequel. My experience with Dreamfall faded away a bit since the last time I played. Because of that my experience with TLJ wasn't spoiled big time for me, but it _did_ spoil it. And I can only guess how much of TLJ will be in Dreamfall. So my advice is to start with TLJ.

On a tech note, have you tried some of the options in the game's config? I had to enable 'Force single buffer' because some sprites flickered (character models themselves are 3D though).

Edit: tried disabling shadows?
Post edited October 22, 2013 by dxhaFFer
Thank you for preserving my fun ;)
You've been clear enough: I won't start my playthrough with Dreamfall.

I tried quite a lot of different settings for TLJ, but never thought to disable shadows…
I'm going to give it a try !

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No, doesn't work…
If I skip the video, everything runs fine, but if I don't skip it there is an error and game stops.
(an error in binkw32.dll)

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You may call me stupid: reinstallation did the trick!
Too long since last time I used a Windows OS, I forgot the simplest way to fix most of the problems with it.

Okay, time to immerse myself in what sounds like a wonderful game!

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Forget what I said, the crash is still here, it just seems it doesn't appear at every time.
It always occurs under the same conditions: a video plays, everything is fine until the end of it, but the game freeze when the video should stop to switch back to game rendering.
Post edited October 23, 2013 by vv221
Hmm... this file - binkw32.dll - is the BINK player module.
Does this happen regardless of whether or not the option for playing high-quality videos is set in the game's settings?

The version of binkw32.dll in TLJ is old. Perhaps replacing it with a newer version would help. Just don't download it from dll host sites or similar. Do you have other games installed in Wine that use BINK videos (many do)? Try the file from there.
I'm going to try with binkw32.dll from Arcanum or StarTopia, I will be back with the results!
Chronological order for Star Wars is not recommended. Release order is if someone insists on watching 1/2/3.
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CoryStarkiller: Chronological order for Star Wars is not recommended. Release order is if someone insists on watching 1/2/3.
Yeah, I know the best watch order for Star Wars is IV - V - II - III - VI, but don't you think it is a bit off-topic here? ;)
Dreamfall has nothing to do with lightsabers and asthmatic knights…
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CoryStarkiller: Chronological order for Star Wars is not recommended. Release order is if someone insists on watching 1/2/3.
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vv221: Yeah, I know the best watch order for Star Wars is IV - V - II - III - VI, but don't you think it is a bit off-topic here? ;)
Dreamfall has nothing to do with lightsabers and asthmatic knights…
You are right, it is off-topic. :)

I still never understood the reason for watching 1/2/3 at all though. Especially keeping 2 in any watch list.
4/5/2/3/6 is not a good order, and I understand the logic behind it. 2 is just a really bad movie. Worst of the 6.

Best to stick with 4/5/6 and watching the Clone Wars miniseries 2003 if you really need a PT fix.
KOTOR2 is always a must.