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Offline joek0

Recommended Link
« on: March 24, 2010, 07:20:09 PM »
Hi! I'm new to the forum. I recommend adding DOSBOX to the links and tools section. It is a great DOS emulator and sierra recommends it for newer windows PC's.



Offline Cloudee1

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 03:52:51 PM »
Welcome to the community joeko, and yes I agree that dosbox should be on the tools page too. I have always intended to add it. I have just recently got the actual development tools listed and haven't had the time yet to track down and add the tools for actually playing sci games. Since we primarily make games here I felt that list was more important. If you or anyone else has any other suggestions though, I am always open to them, it's your community too afterall.

If you spend any amount of time here, which I hope you will, you will see that there are a number of areas that aren't quite finished yet and bits and pieces get updated here and there.

Someday hopefully everything I want to do will actually get done unfortunately that day is not today, right now I am trying to get the point and click tutorial finished, I don't like it only being half done, after that I probably will finish blueing up the rest of the tutorials, and there's the walkthrus and point lists and ....
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Offline MusicallyInspired

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2010, 06:45:06 PM »
When you do get around to it, add ScummVM as well. It can play AGI and SCI games now.
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Offline joek0

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2010, 06:59:13 PM »
I have Windows XP and some of the games don't run smootly with MSDOS. DOSBOX is the only way for me to play other peoples SCI games.

joek0

Offline MusicallyInspired

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2010, 08:10:01 PM »
For the love of mercy don't try to play DOS games in DOS mode in WinXP/2000/Vista/7 at all! For one thing the sound won't work. Also, you'll probably have speed issues.
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Offline Cloudee1

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2010, 02:00:57 PM »
When you do get around to it, add ScummVM as well. It can play AGI and SCI games now.

I'm on the fence on this MI, they don't have any sci games listed on the compatability page, only agi ones, and those aren't at 100%

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Offline MusicallyInspired

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2010, 06:00:13 PM »
None of the games will ever be 100% because of the fact that it's using a different interpreter. But it's more than enough to play the game. You don't even notice the differences (I think the only differences are behind the scenes and not part of the gaming experienc. Even LA adventures aren't 100%. AGI games play perfectly well as the interpreter used is Sarien.

As for SCI games, the reason they're not on the compatibility page yet is because their still working on the SCI interpreter. Sarien is finished so AGI games are on there. FreeSCI is not finished but there has been a lot of work completed on it and it's much farther along now than FreeSCI was before it merged with ScummVM. I actually think the SCI interpreter is disabled by default in the latest stable release of ScummVM, but you can download the daily builds and the engine is enabled. I was just playing Space Quest 5 yesterday with near perfect playability (just a few graphical issues that weren't ironed out yet like some scaling sprites and rotating palette images).

But anyway, your choice. It certainly plays SCI0 games without any issues that I can spot.
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Offline Cloudee1

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2010, 06:31:07 PM »
DosBox fits all of my needs so I haven't actually tried scummvm, so I don't know. It's not up to me, if it needs to be on the tools page then I'll put it up there.

Just from what I saw though, it didn't look like it needed to be there yet, your call, let me know.
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Offline MusicallyInspired

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2010, 08:00:12 PM »
Perhaps I'll do some recon and try all Sierra games out on it and play them through to the end and see how well they work then get back to you.
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Offline Cloudee1

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2010, 09:01:58 PM »
lol, yeah, that is no small feat.  :P

But hey, I guess you can check out some of the walkthroughs that are up under the sierra games page. Most of them were copied from other sites and I plan to convert them all over to the problem, hint format but that's just one more thing that takes time.

Anyway, they are there if you need them.
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Offline Collector

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2010, 03:42:09 AM »
Good idea to list ScummVM, but DOSBox is my first choice for both AGI and SCI games. As MI once noted, the sound emulation for the AGI games is bad and generally it does not offer much advantage over DOSBox. The one advantage it does have is the lower overhead that some hand held devices need. The main thing that I am looking forward to is support for the Win version of KQ6 so I can play it on my Win7-64 without having to resort to XP-Mode or installing Windows in a VM.
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Offline Cloudee1

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2010, 10:20:00 PM »
Ok, done, ScummVM has now been listed on the tools page.
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Offline joek0

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2010, 05:19:20 PM »
Scumm VM is not running SCI games for me. Its running my AGI games fine though.

joek

Offline Collector

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2010, 06:49:47 PM »
Scumm VM is not running SCI games for me. Its running my AGI games fine though.

joek
SCI support is being added. It does not officially do so, yet. To run SCI games you need to use an SVN version or developmental version. Just don't ask for support for SCI games, as it is a WIP.
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Offline Cloudee1

Re: Recommended Link
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2010, 07:33:51 PM »
Hmmm, I should probably update the tools page to not include a download, as I posted the win32 installer.... Something for me to do tomorow I guess, or maybe remove it until it is official from scummvm that it's good to go.
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