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I'd also like to see some older EA games (Command & Conquer Gold, Red Alert 1, Dune 2000) ported. Not sure if EA would allow it, but I know C&C Gold was released as freeware for the 12th anniversary awhile back. Maybe they'd allow that game then?
yea i'd like to see these but unfortunately its unlikely. C&C certainly revolutionized the genre.
BTW welcome to phoronix BlueJayofEvil
lots of new people on the porting thread Alot of people like me who stay in the shadows until they feel the need to register.
X3: Terran Conflict, X - Beyond the Frontier and X-Tension
Stuff like the Anno series or
the latest Settler game, "Rise of an Empire"
Sacred 2 would be sweet.
Natural Selection 2 (they said that they could port it after release, but if LGP approached them... well, I guess they wouldn't be unwilling to cooperate)
Baldurs Gate 2
Tropico (aye, el presidente)
Startopia (I love this game so mutch, it's my all time favorite and not running in wine)
Maybe getting the Devs of Mortal Online to port it would be nice too. It uses the Unreal 3 Engine after all. Although I think that porting a MMO is kinda unrealistic.
Also I love seing Sins of a Solar Empire on that list. It's a great game.
And don't tell me about supporting Linux Games, I own all the LGP titles except for NingPo MahJong, Candycrusher and Jets'n'Guns.
And I will buy Jets'n'Guns one day.
I even own X3 twice and might buy a collectors edition additionally.
Yes, I don't own any Windows version of X3, I own 2 Linux versions.
Seeing Drakensang in the list is also pretty great and I'd buy it for sure. But I'd buy almost any ported game anyways.
How about getting the publishing rights to descent 1/2/3? I know someone who has a copy of the Loki sourcecode of Descent 3. If you could get the rights to publish it again he'd probably be willing to give it to you. Obviously you'd need the legal right to sell the game. Still it's a pretty easy title to get done since the port is finished...
SMAC is one of those games that i'd like to go back to, the definitive in civilization-like games imho. While FreeCiv is good too, it gets old kinda quickly. Still a modern SMAC remake with better AI and maybe balance tweaks would be better than the original. Might buy a new port nonetheless tho.
Leisure Suit Larry is 100% out, as is Space Quest, Kings Quest and Police Quest. They were all published by Sierra On-Line. Which was swallowed up by Vivendi and are now part of the giant maw that is Activision Blizzard. However, for the early games, you can play them using SCUMMVM or a similar interpreter (assuming you have the data files that is)
C&C series (and Dune series) are likely to be a no-go. Owned by EA plus (at least for the older games) the source may no longer exist having been lost when Westwood disappeared.
Myst (at least the first one and the later Riven) are right out unless you can convince Apple to do a port of QuickTime to linux. Both games used QuickTime for a large chunk of game stuff (and its not a matter of "replace QuickTime with FFMPEG").
I also didn't see any mention of The Bards Tale (classic RPG). Who owns it these days? My old manual has an Interplay logo on the cover but that doesn't mean anything given how many people bought various bits of Interplay IP and given how many early Interplay games are owned by other publishers (back before Interplay became a publisher itself)
One game I mentioned a while back, Sentinel Worlds: Future Magic, thats owned by EA and is therefore unlikely to be a goer. Although being a older DOS Game, it probably runs just great in Dosbox
Rollercoaster Tycoon (also mentioned earlier) is owned by Atari so thats out. But for those who want a similar game, keep an eye on Theme Park Builder 3D which is a RCT clone only better. (100% free too)
Question: For a lot of "big" titles, people keep saying "before <big company> would let us port <popular game>, they would want money up front". Is it just a case of money (i.e. if someone went to EA or Ubisoft or SEGA or whoever and said "here is <briefcase full of money>, please let us port <cool and popular game> to Linux" would that be enough or is there more than just money involved?