I’m happier than a pig in mud today, after getting copies of three of my favorite games off gog.com, and finding that they all work flawlessly in Arch Linux and wine.
I’ve mentioned my unnatural affection for Neverwinter Nights, and I have an original boxed copy of the Platinum edition. I even “maintain” (if I can call it that) a quick step-through for a script that installs it.
The Baldur’s Gate series though, is probably the strongest true role-playing game ever written (in my humble and slightly biased opinion), and I’m afraid my experiences with most “modern” RPGs still don’t stand up to that one.
It’s the Icewind Dale pair that I’m really thrilled about now though. gog.com’s installer works perfectly in wine, and both of those games run in fullscreen at their best resolution, without a hitch.
Thus far, of course. For me to playtest the entire game would take … a very long time. I am willing to do it though, if the public demands it.
Neverwinter Nights in wine seems to be an unnecessary redundancy, but if you want the shortest route to getting it to work, that might be the solution though.
I have tried the aforementioned script in Arch, and got nothing, and I’ve tried the PKGBUILD from AUR and got nothing. In wine it works like a champ.
With a few small shortcomings. For one thing, as you can see, IceWM leaves its taskbar onscreen while the game is running, which makes it look like the root window is the game.
The easy and obvious way to fix that, without any Googling or terrifying text file editing, is just to set
TaskBarAutoHide to 1 in .icewm/preferences, and restart IceWM from the program menu.
Not the most graceful fix, but it solves the problem in a jiffy.
Graphics are good, but I get a wicked slowdown during automated cutscenes or while there are heavy graphic effects underway. I expect that though, since it’s effectively translating the graphics between the two systems.
And it would probably disappear if I would use the established Linux client, rather than running the Windows version through wine. Wine is not an emulator, you know.
I have already found a few pages that give hints on how to make that work; if I can reliably get it going properly, I’ll explain how.
But for now I’m a little obsessed with a few of the games I have enjoyed off and on over the past decade or so. Behind on the times? Yes, I am.
But it’s either that or continue to tinker with Pentium laptops. What’s worse, 10-year-old games or 15-year-old computers?