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Remove Lossy Compression from Games

Added byLentFilms's avatarLentFilms

I've noticed that certain GOG releases of games have their audio compressed. I've encountered this with two games so far, The 7th Guest and Gobliiins Pack. Both games having their RedBook audio tracks compressed to a lossy format such as ogg or mp3. There is no warning before buying to inform you that these tracks have been compressed and it is completely random on what games have this. I find this practice distasteful and wish that it is fixed in the future.

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williamjcm
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A FLAC file is 2x~3x bigger than an Ogg or MP3. This would greatly impact the setup size.

Nov. 17, 2014
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haraldknoop
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I have no problem with MP3-Files. In my opinion downloading Wave-Files needs too much time. I have also heard that OGG has better compression than MP3. Compression doesn't have to mean 99 % "loss". Compressed sound files are alright.

Nov. 13, 2014
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ylitvinenko
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With an addition of LucasArts games, which also suffer from that, it is even more important. Please, GOG - use the loseless compression formats or do not use compression at all! You can even include script for compressing audio on user's side, it he or she want to compress it to save some space on a hard drive.

Nov. 3, 2014
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LentFilms
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I'm going to bump this topic.
Perhaps the title is misleading (though I can't think of a better way to put it).

AGAIN. This is a situation were GOG themselves downgraded the quality of the original games audio. I wish for these lossy tracks to be removed and replaced with, original, lossless tracks.

Oct. 10, 2014
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ecamber
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This needs more votes. I might have clarified in the title that this only refers to cases where *GOG* has done the lossy compression, since as first I though you meant magically restore the quality of old FMV video etc. :-)

Aug. 2, 2014
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LentFilms
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@DanyKing
No, the original games were not released with MP3/OGG tracks. As you said, MP3/OGG was not a audio format back when these games were released.

The audio in question was original CDDA tracks that the games use. These tracks should have been ripped to a lossless format such as FLAC to preserve the original audio. Sadly that is not the case...

Jul. 27, 2014
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DanyKing
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...or at least provide a warning.

Jul. 19, 2014
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DanyKing
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That sounds VERY concerning! Are you sure this is not as it was in the original? It could well be, I don't know the games, but they were probably released before MP3 and OGG :). But seriously, GOG shouldn't be doing such things.

Jul. 19, 2014
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