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Show which games use DOSBox or ScummVM

Added byJKHSawyer's avatarJKHSawyer

Show or tell if a game uses DOSBox or ScummVM on the game's page. Maybe a tiny disclaimer or icon?

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theMole4
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Yeah, I was going to suggest it myself, but the suggestion was already here. They should defiitely add, on each of the relevant game's page, a little logo, or patch, something like "Powered by DOSBox (or ScummVM)", linking to the projects sites, so people could learn more, contribute, make a donation, play with the emulator by themselves...

Apr. 12, 2014
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jorlin
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If you scroll to the bottom of each game that has DOSBox or ScummVM, it usually shows: "copyright" [game company/ies] [year of copyright] [DOSBox/ SCUMMVM] [year of copyright of emulator (layer) ]
So in essence this is already in progress, but making a filter (instead of yet another GOG Mix) would be much more convenient.

Apr. 11, 2014
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archy2
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@YAGOG
> I'm always disappointed when I buy a game here and
> it's just the game running on DOSBox or ScummVM.
> [...] I want the games I buy on GOG to be native to my
> operating system

Your expectation is irrational.

Games made in the 80's and early 90's were made for the primitive computers of their time.

They're utterly incompatible with modern operating systems, modern sound cards, modern graphics card, etc.
That's a result of decisions made by Microsoft and the hardware industry over the course of the last two decades, not GOG's decision and not something that GOG can magically change.

> not some extremely simple solution of emulators.

Running those games in an emulator is not a cheapskate solution, it's the ONLY solution for making them available to gamers with modern PCs.

If you want games to be "native to your operating system", then you need to buy games that were *made* for your operating system, not old games that were made when Microsoft Windows didn't even exist yet.

Dec. 14, 2013
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archy2
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+1
I you won't give us official Linux version, at least tell us which games use DOSBOX (because those will usually work on Linux too).

Dec. 14, 2013
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wwitthoff1
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I +1 this as well as I use an external front end for my scumm/dosbox games and knowing which is which without having to download all of them would definitely make things easier

Aug. 6, 2013
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jalister
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This would be a nice step for Linux users. I use DOSBox on Windows, so I have no problem using it on Linux. I do not want to deal with WINE though.

Jul. 18, 2013
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brian
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This would be great for Linux users

Apr. 27, 2013
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Belario
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Easily showing information of how the game runs would mean a lot to me. It would help the GOG brand strength, and avoid situations where people get games expecting something very different than what the get, and becoming rather disappointed. (I'm looking at you, SimCity 2000).

Mar. 5, 2013
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Andtha
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Yes, please! Add a tech page showing how this game is ported! And while you're at it, add a contents page showing which extras are included (expansions, languages, patches to the original release, community efforts, ...) so people know what they're buying...

Feb. 14, 2013
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Alenonimo
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I like knowing how you are bringing the old games to newer systems. Even the technical part is interesting.

Feb. 14, 2013
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Digifish
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I would fully support something like this. I'm a new user here, and the FAQ lead me to believe that all the old games here were fully supported for a Windows 7/8 operating system without any additional applications (which got me a little excited). Now I realize all the old Dos games here are emulated. Don't get me wrong. This doesn't put me off purchasing my old favorites, but I believe I have the right to know whether the game is emulated or supported by my operating system. I've played around with emulators in the past and know that sometimes a game shows bugs and glitches when emulated. However, I would still be willing to pay for an emulated copy of these games if the installation was simple AND the game ran exactly how I remember it (well except for the difference between CRT and LED monitors). Any improvement in graphics and audio due to new computer hardware would be a bonus.

Jan. 26, 2013
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silalus
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For me this would actually ENCOURAGE me to buy certain games because I could then use them cross-platform more easily. I would love to see this as a filter or sort order.

Dec. 29, 2012
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WiiGame
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Yes, yes, absolutely YES! This should be considered "full disclosure" and is completely consistent with the spirit of gamer-friendliness GoG purports to have.

Dec. 21, 2012
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YAGOG
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I'm always disappointed when I buy a game here and it's just the game running on DOSBox or ScummVM. In these cases, I could have easily bought a physical copy for a similar cost (more desirable, for me). I want the games I buy on GOG to be native to my operating system - not some extremely simple solution of emulators. On the flip side, I'm sure people not making purchases, like me -- would be offset by people looking for games that they can play on their other devices through these emulators. I guess that would be kinda cool... IF I used my phone to play games, but I do not.

Nov. 2, 2012
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F4LL0UT
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For me a simple DOS or Windows icon would suffice. It's obvious that DOS games feature some kind of emulation and I don't care much about the method of emulation.

Jul. 31, 2012
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HopeAtLast
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For me this is a no-brainer, and I'm surprised you don't disclose that along with the game info already. As a customer I expect to be informed whether the game tied to an emulator or not before I make a purchase, as this strongly affects my purchase for a whole lot of reasons. For example, I have no way to tell how it's been bundled, i.e. can the emulator be configured? Easily? Will it work with my custom sound card drivers? Have you created a custom-made networking component, enabling me to play multiplayer over TCP/IP easily, or do I have to spend hours on setting up DOSBox, Hamachi etc and repeat that procedure, on a variety of OS installations, for friends who might no be so technically inclined? ...the list is long. In short, this is VITAL information!! Please put focus on this, and keep up the good work! Thanks!

Jul. 2, 2012
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Luckless
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Having picked up an Android tablet and wanting to test Dos-Box with it, I strongly support the idea of a making it easier to find and work with such games. Would love to have the option to filter games by DosBox/Emulator type support.

Jun. 1, 2012
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bugamn
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Really good idea. Also, maybe have a zip file with just the dosboxconf (for example) and game files? As a Linux user, it's annoying to have to deal with the .exe.

Apr. 28, 2012
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caffinemasta
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agreed!

Apr. 26, 2012
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vdrandom
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great idea

Apr. 21, 2012
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FiatLux
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Good idea !

Apr. 11, 2012
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Pseudoman
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Linux users would appreciate this, just to name one group.

Mar. 31, 2012
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blackjudas
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I believe this would be useful for some people. Myself included.

Mar. 31, 2012
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Lafazar
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This is the list of GOG games that actually use ScummVM:http://www.gog.com/en/mix/games_using_scummvm

Mar. 30, 2012
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Tychoxi
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Yeah it could have a tiny logo from either software somewhere.

Mar. 27, 2012
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