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- How about any of the older (Porsche, High Stakes) or more recent (Carbon) editions of Need for Speed? I haven't found any NFS title on the list.
Because nobody thought about them. Unfortunately, they're EA titles.
That means "maybe" at best.
- Trackmania Sunrise or newer (only the older original is on the list)
It's considered part of the package on that one- we're likely to get access to things if we're given one on some of these.
- Puzzle Quest
My GF would love me for helping to port that and then kill me afterwards for bringing her a damn time sink.
- Secret Files: Tunguska & Puritas Cordis
Those could be considered. I also want Fritz and a few other things from them. The studio itself is probably approachable- the publishers might be more entertaining though.
- Battlefield: Vietnam, 2 and Battlefield Heroes
EA. I've got an EA related title or two that I think I might be able to sweet-talk out of them for sale electronically, but in the same breath, we need to see what we can manage on SMAC or get someone to break the ice over there, it's a "maybe" at best on those. (I'm picturing Sisyphus' level of labor right at the moment...)
- An improved version of Ascendancy
I've tried several times, unsuccessfully, to get them to allow a port of that game back when it was still a going concern. Nowadays, I'm not quite sure WHAT The Logic Factory's doing right now or if it's just a silly pair of websites operating mostly on autopilot. They keep saying Seeker's due out and that Ascendancy II is following and would be multiplatform (i.e. they might be amenable to a Linux version...) but they won't return emails, etc. The truth of the matter is that DNF isn't the ultimate piece of "It's coming soon, honest!" vaporware- DNF's just more visible than the one that ought to hold that title...
Bah. I forgot Microsoft is the publisher. Those guys bug me...
They do me. They've effectively deep-sixed, as far as I'm concerned, several titles already published and to be published- that I'd love to play but absolutely will not. Fable's one of them, much to my dismay.
Haven't contacted them yet. They're an up-and-coming publisher of good RPG, click-and-search type Adventure games, along with a few gems outside those genres. Lemme get a bit clear of the release debacle at my day job that I'm undergoing and I'll put them up higher on the list to see what they have to say to me.
Redoing the textures/improving the engine would be a huge job and isn't something that is likely to happen.
Depends on how worthwhile the original game is. Having said that...it'd remain to be seen.
PS. Svartalf posts should be pages in your first post. 110 posts isn't all that impressive.
Edited... (I blame being sleep deprived from the release from HELL- you try getting right doing reconfigurations of software RAID1 Linux boxes (To non-RAID or from it to RAID1...) in a fully automated manner for machines in the field... I won't say it's difficult, but there's always something else lurking in the mix... ) 110 pages isn't all that impressive, if you get down to it- but it's a bit more than I'd ever envisioned. And I hope to have more wins like Caster and, if it ever happens, EU2 shortly.
* Ubisoft's Ghost recon series. (Older games should be relatively cheap to gain access to; Some of them were ported to MAC, so the code-base should be there...)
* Ubisoft's Rainbow Six series. (Same as above).
* Ubisoft's FarCry. (1 should be cheaper, shouldn't it?)
You will be surprised at what they think they can gouge for on older titles as they're part of the franchise and if you muck up a release for the platform you're doing it can 'harm' the other franchise titles. They're going to charge only about 1/3rd what they'd charge for the latest stuff just to make it painful if you boggle on them and to keep the low pikers that they'd not normally want out of the game.
... Oh, X3:TC is not in the list. Intended?
Yes. No conflict-of-interest items with LGP. Sorry.
(Not directed at you...)
Having said that, if you're interested in seeing things like that, you need to be honest with yourselves and buy the titles in question, including the X3 title already published. Doesn't matter if you've bought it for Windows in a past life. It's a differing SKU. The industry isn't formed with what anyone calls "common sense". The fact that iD still seems to produce it for Windows with an unofficial "patch" is unusual. Epic seems to have quit that practice and BioWare hasn't done any more than NWN that way- more because of publisher interference than anything else that I can tell. You buy the game for the platform you want to run on it.
If you want Linux games, you have to BUY them. Otherwise we have to be visibly larger than the Mac userbase in a way that's shown in IDC type figures- which won't happen for a long time yet to come because they measure userbase in "units sold" instead of what is actively being used. MS' figures are dead wrong- you can take about 10% of the market MS claims to have and apply it to the Linux/*BSD side of things because they claim 'shipped' and for every non DIY Linux machine, there's a concomitant Windows install claimed in those figures that's just not accurate anymore. Buying Linux games gives the publishers and studios numbers that they can show to the big boys to get better deals.
Braid would be great
What about Sega Rally "Revo" or Virtua Tennis 3/2009?
Heh... There's four little letters associated with those titles that would make the price for either a deep 5-figure deal for rights access. I'll try to remember to add them to the "maybe" list this evening or tomorrow.