Secondly there is no such thing as future proof, EVER!!
Hence why I said "in so much as anyone can guarantee anything".
If the computers are so different that they cannot read the file then that is on me to try and work with it, it is not something that GoG did.
It doesn't matter what type of computers we have in the future, I guarantee (again, in as far as anyone can guarantee anything) that it will be possible to physically copy files from old systems to whatever we have at the time.
When GOG do something I don't like I'm very quick to speak it but when they are criticize for something like this I'm just as quick to deafened them because this is really silly when you think about it. They are just quality assuring their software.
Oh absolutely, but if you'd read my first paragraph, and really the last 20-odd pages of discussion, you'd see that "this" isn't quality assuring their software, it was poorly implemented and didn't accomplish what they claimed they were trying to do. Don't defend that.
You are savvy enough to be able to use DosBox but not savv enough to use Wine to run the installers ? Or not savvy enough to, as soon as GoG gone under extract your installer and save the data files in the format of your choice. Seriously, if you want to be able to use your games in X years you will have to actually work for it; don't expect somebody to hold your hands.
Future. In the future. Distant future. Not now. Years from today, as in not the present. In a time when computers are completely different and those installers have no chance of running on the hardware, after a time when they may have done something that makes it impossible to run those installers at all.
They cannot and never will be able to guarantee you that the games will still be able in the future, they guarantee you that the games are DRM-free and run "now", nothing more nothing else, for the rest you are on your own.
In so far as anyone can guarantee anything, yes they can. They can promise to only use package technologies with known formats that can be extracted by third party tools. Beyond that it's up to the user to figure out what to do with it. Maybe not easily, if we have to jump through hoops to do it then so be it, but the possibility is still there. If they implement something in the future that is somehow encrypted that it cannot be extracted without their installer AND they've done something "clever" with the installer such that it just doesn't run in Wine, or Windows 19, or even Windows XP in an emulatore, whatever we've got at the time, that's the problem. Promise me that, that they won't intentionally do something that makes it impossible to get the data files. Basically the only thing I can think of is if they put in literal DRM, something like a "phone home" installer, or time synced, but I'm not very imaginative, I cannot see the future, and it is entirely possible that they may, over the next few years, create an installer which will eventually be impossible to read. I want a promise that they won't do that.
No hand holding required, just a promise that they won't make it impossible to get the data. That doesn't seem like very much to ask.
He was implying that it was GoG responsibility to ensure that it's games/installer were future proof and that them not going it was some sort of "DRM". At least that's how I read it.
My interpretation was that he wants GOG to limit the roadblocks they put up to ones that are roadblocks as an inherent side-effect of "computer science is complicated" rather than "explicitly tries to limit what you can do".
(Sort of like the difference between speaking a foreign language and speaking in code.)
Yes, that's what I was getting at. They should "future proof" their installers by not making limiting decisions, not by literally thinking about what is currently happening. They don't need to guarantee that it'll work with current tools, it's enough to guarantee that the format of their installers, whatever it may be, is known enough that someone else can write a tool for the job. As long as they don't intentionally try to limit things everything will work out just fine.