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Add version number to GOG releases, e.g. Earth 2140 (release 1.2)

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With GOG continuously trying to improve the games in its care, it can be hard for customers to track whether they have the latest release of a game. Adding a version number would make it a lot easier to check this at glance.

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rtcvb32
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A few of the games specify the version like WindForge, but those are the patches saying what version they patched to....

Aug. 19, 2014
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xolotl
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Yep, adding another +1 here. I noticed for instance that my Flatout 2 download has "1.0.0.2" in the filename, which is nice, but the version displayed on gog.com's download page is just "1.0.0."

Aug. 15, 2014
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sailmaker.769
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+1

Aug. 9, 2014
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posipil
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Came here at Shaddim's prompting to vote for this; realized I had already voted for it at some time past. In my opinion, additional metadata would greatly benefit GOG by reducing server load caused by users re-downloading unnecessarily. In my opinion it would also benefit users by saving them the time and disk space they waste by re-downloading unnecessarily.

I offer the following ideas and opinions in hope they will be useful to GOG and fellow users. Metadata I would like to see for every downloadable binary file on GOG:

1. the version number of the file itself, at least for files which get fixes, patches, updates, and other revisions

2. the game version (or release number) the file is intended for use with, not necessarily the same as 1 (as in the many patches already provided for Divinity: Original Sin)

3. the modification date of the file

4. the exact file size in eight bit bytes

5. at least one authoritative checksum generated by the GOG staff member who packages the file for release, which should be one or more of: SHA 1 (or 2 or 3), MD5, or CRC32

With the exception of checksums, all this metadata is already available in the directory listing of the server, and may be generated automatically via a simple shell script which includes the metadate in the download page where the file is hosted. The metadata need only be retrieved one time, when the file is added to the server, after which it can be added to the database which contains the rest of the file metadata.

Checksums cost a tiny amount of computational power to generate, but even for multi-gigabyte files they only need be generated one time, before the file is uploaded to the server by the packager. This process may easily be automated by a shell script, especially because every Linux or Unix system I'm aware of includes at least MD5 or SHA tools.

Thanks for reading.

Aug. 9, 2014
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Catrhis
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Having the Real game version would go a long way to rectify the confusion the gog installer instil in their users, as it is now it's confusing at best

Jul. 11, 2014
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_gamer_
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right. Its confusing. please add the real version number of the game.
For example "Divinity Original Sin".
Windows installer, [language] 2.2.0. - ok its the gog-version of the installer, but i want to know the game version too ( its even more important).

why not naming it like:
Windows installer, [language] 2.2.0 (Gameversion: 1.0.51)


Jul. 6, 2014
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Wolfram_Wolf
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GOG release 1.2, 1.21, 1.22... Super-versioning, I would call it. Not a bad idea.

Apr. 29, 2014
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pashmak
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hey, WHERE is my comment?

Apr. 27, 2014
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Fogamer
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I don't know how often I've downloaded files that I already had, because of the "NEW" label was broken. PLEASE include A) the "real" version of the Game along with the GOG version, B) a brief version history (at least with version number and release date). It will save us users time, and it will save GOG server bandwidth.

Jan. 15, 2014
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Robo4900
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@Shmerl Completely agreed.

Dec. 16, 2013
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shmerl
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Yes, please. And provide release notes history if possible, not jut on the forum but somewhere in the game card.

GOG's internal versioning is confusing, since it reflects installer and so on. Game's version should be added to that in addition.

Oct. 29, 2013
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zer02099
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Yes, please. Even mouse over info,would stop me wasting time to google the GoG version number to see what game version I am trying to update. Vote++

Oct. 25, 2013
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shaddim
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@Tychoxi: I hope it is ;P ... I voted for mpartel's interpretation who suggested the following scheme: <game-version-string>+gog<internal-version-number> e.g. 1.4.700.38+gog1.1.

Jul. 15, 2013
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Tychoxi
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Just to be clear, this wish is NOT about telling us which version of a specific game is being released by GOG (that particular wish can be found here: http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/version_number_of_games_displayed_on_gamecard ), rather this wish is about the version of the GOG installer for that specific game.

Jul. 2, 2013
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LordMumpitz
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Notion supported.

Jun. 22, 2013
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trek554
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just went through the adventure of trying figure out what version of System Shock 2 I had. obviously they don't care since this thread is 8 months old and nothing has changed.

Jun. 19, 2013
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DeMignon
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+1

Jun. 18, 2013
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REhorror
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I support this notion as well, version number helps a lot if you are searching for patches/mods.

May. 22, 2013
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TealKobold
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i support this notion 100%!!!!!!!!!

Apr. 13, 2013
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adacapo
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It'd be awesome to know at a glance if I have to go download official patches (or unofficial patches) before I run into problems, and +1 about the game mod issues - knowing the version would've saved me some time and worry this weekend while tracking down mods.

Apr. 8, 2013
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shaddim
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similiar wish: http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/version_number_of_games_displayed_on_gamecard

Feb. 21, 2013
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Andtha
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If you add version numbers, make it seperate from the original version you used when you ported it. E.g. Game 1.2.101-GOG-2.0, so you know it is 1.2.101 that you ported, but the GOG specific version 2.0.

Feb. 14, 2013
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DRM_free_fan
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Yes, we need game version numbers. These can be very important for compatibility of mods and/or trainers. And if the version that GOG is selling isn't the latest, can we have the patches as optional extras? (sometimes the latest patch isn't always worth installing).

Feb. 1, 2013
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ELFswe
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Darn, can't remove or edit my comment. But, I'm currently trying to figure out if I'm having the latest version of my games or not.

Jan. 28, 2013
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ELFswe
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Yes, this needs to be done. It's hard to know if the GoG downloader friendly version of a game is the same version as the one when you choose to download without the GoG download manager.

Jan. 28, 2013
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goplanet
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What's even worse is that even the installer version number shown on the site is sometimes inaccurate, i.e. showing version 1.0.1.0 when it's really 1.0.1.2 or whatever.

Jan. 2, 2013
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shaddim
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new confusion on the recent LoG update with the GOG version number "strategy"... :/ http://www.gog.com/forum/legend_of_grimrock/error_while_installing_update_10316

Dec. 20, 2012
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shaddim
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@mpartel: +1 for this naming/numbering scheme

Dec. 7, 2012
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mpartel
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I suggest the following scheme: <game-version-string>+gog<internal-version-number>. Then e.g. 1.4.700.38+gog1.1 would mean the game version is 1.4.700.38 and the GOG installer has received a minor patch (1.1). This fixes the problem at hand for users and provides distinct and machine readable internal version numbering for GOG.

Dec. 6, 2012
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shaddim
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Yes, this is heavily needed. PLEASE use the game version not the internal GOG version (or give at least both)... there are several cases of confusion on many games already. (e.g. http://www.grimrock.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3524, http://www.gog.com/forum/ftl_faster_than_light/update_faster_than_light_version_1025/post5 and many more)

Nov. 24, 2012
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HertogJan
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This should indeed be mentioned on all game pages. It's now only mentioned on some, like Jagged Alliance 2.

Nov. 2, 2012
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SpunkyMonkey2
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They really do need to do this. When I'm asking for technical support for a game, how am I supposed to know that the version number on the downloads page is not the same as the actual version of the game? How am I supposed to know that 1.1.0 for Divinity 2 installs v1.4.700.38 of the game? Why do I need to know the version number of the installer in the first place? It just seems like common sense to mention the game's version the installer will install, not to mention that it would remove a lot of headaches when seeking technical support from sites other than GOG.com.

Oct. 23, 2012
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