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I think that it is reasonable to include all of the “Sierra Family” of games. This means especially the Dynamix, Coktel Visions and Impressions games. If you look at the game files, it is obvious that there was even sharing of code, not just talent. Others would include the likes of Papyrus, subLOGIC and Synergistic, but I would not go too heavily into the companies that Sierra was not much more than a publishing house. Ken, himself might have brought Valve on board with Half-Life, but it was never a “Sierra Family” company. Rudy may disagree with me, but I would not include the things that VU only used the Sierra name to publish.
All 4 of the VU collections had serious issues. For a list of all of what was wrong with the KQ collection, see this thread: The Many problems with the last collection of the KQ series. The other three collections have similar issues. What Steam offers are the same collections with all of the same flaws. My 2006 Collections DOSBox patches address all issues with the collections.My installer does all of that automatically and much more.
DOSBox is not part of Windows. You have to install it. If you use the QfG4 installer that I linked to, it will install DOSBox for you, automatically.
This site does not see much traffic these days. But then traffic on many boards is down. You can find many of the Sierra fans on some of the fan sites, like the Sierra Help Pages Forum or the Gabriel Knight forum.
To make these old games run on modern hardware is possible. This page has a number of new installers that allow them to run on modern Windows, even 64-bit Windows.December 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm in reply to: ntvdm.exe error when clicking on dragon on disk 5 i tried dosbox it wont install the game is… #22219December 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm in reply to: ntvdm.exe error when clicking on dragon on disk 5 i tried dosbox it wont install the game is… #22217What happens when you try to use the installer?
December 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm in reply to: ntvdm.exe error when clicking on dragon on disk 5 i tried dosbox it wont install the game is… #22215December 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm in reply to: NTVDM.EXE error when i click on the dragon on disk 5 #22211The NTVDM is buggy. Use DOSBox, instead.
December 3, 2009 at 1:42 am in reply to: Application error when doing cdrom transfer test on vista #22208Quote: “I keep thinking about this subject, and I noted that they’ve just
released the KQ and SQ collections on Steam this week. See? Viability!
And it was just a lazy port, too… There’s so much these games can be
good for! (And profitable!)”
They weren’t even ports. They were just the VU re-release from a couple of years ago that just used an, even then, outdated version of DOSBox. I half suspect that the company that did the releases was actually abandonware people that got caught by VU and VU decided to reuse what they had. I say this because they were stripped of a lot of files that would have been shipped with anything that the real Sierra would have included. Abandonware is often ripped like this. Also the fact that the games came from a number of different sources, such as the KQ6 was taken from the 2nd collection while 7 came from the 2nd release of the CD. In addition, they really botched the integration of DOSBox.
It would have been much easier and faster to have started from the 2nd collection, stripped out the non-KQ games and written a new installer for it. I could easily have done a far better job by myself from my copy of the 2nd collection in less than a week (minus the packaging), instead of the many months that they took. I practically have, anyway, with the new installers that I have on my site, The Sierra Help Pages.
For more information about what was wrong with the King’s Quest Collection, see this thread. I have developed patches that address all of the issues that these releases had. All of the other three VU collections had many of the same issues. If you look at the Steam forums you will see that they were using some of the solutions that I had developed for the initial release of the collection.it won’t go any slower than 1x. If 1x is too fast, your computer may be too fast for this game. Conqueror is a DOS game. You are probably better off to play it in DOSBox on a newer machine than on a 98 era PC. You can easily set the speed of DOSBox.
Rather than repeat all of the problems with this release, I’ll link this:First, ScummVM has included Gluten in its developmental build:
Second, all of the SCI DOS games run fine in DOSBox and there are DOSBox ports for some mobiles and third, there is no reason to be insultive. No name calling, please.