Archive for October 2019

Steam client issues after Steam update + workaround

I love GOG.com, why? It has offline installers. Yes they have GOG Galaxy, but they offer the offline setup files where we work with in Porting Kit. The Advantage? Not dependent on cliënt updates. Well, that exactly happened again with the Steam client. They change stuff which breaks things and voila, stuff is not working properly again. There has been 3 more times in the past where we had to do massive changes to make Steam games working properly again in Porting Kit.

The problem (now):
When you update your Steam client for an existing steam game port or installing a new Steam game port, you will be able to login, but the Steam window content will be black/or white… Menu’s are available, but the window content is black/white. As well for your library, the Steam Store, and other tabs.

The Workaround:
Luckily we found a few workarounds for this issue.  We start with the easiest one for the ones who have already a game installed and did the steam update. When you launch Steam you see in your top bar of your Mac screen a Steam bar icon. Right click it and select the game to launch it.

Or you can also use: “Small mode” using the “view” tab. Then it shows your library with the games you have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The second solution counts also for new installed games:
It takes a bit extra effort, but this solution is allround. Go to te local port in porting kit after installation or when installed already. Then click “more” => “Wineskin tools” ==> “launch wineskin” => “advanced” ==> and there you find the info mentioned in the screenshot below until the text “sandbox”. The last part “-Applaunch xxxxx” is the part you need to add extra. For Age of Empires 2 HD for example that is “-applaunch 221380” (without quotes). You can find the app ID for your game in your browser when you go to the specific steam page for example: https://store.steampowered.com/app/221380/Age_of_Empires_II_2013/

So use the App ID number of the specific game to add the -applaunch flag. Make sure there is a space between the “sandbox” and the  “-applaunch” as mentioned in the screenshot. This last fix will result that when you launch the game/steam the first time, it will automatically come with the notification to install it. Accept it, and let it install the game. When installed, you can use the first fix mentioned using the Steam icon in top bar to launch it, or close steam and start it again using the play button. When you launch Steam, when the game is already installed, it will start the game instantly. When this issue is addressed in Wine, we will apply the fix in all the Steam game ports as well. We keep you informed!

Company of Heroes, Patrician 3 and some more wrapper updates!

Because of a few notifications I got about Company of Heroes, I  addressed the problem, and the game is fully functional again :) Besides that there are a few other fixes; for Patrician 3 and  Star Wars JK – Dark Forces 2.

Company of Heroes:
– Fixed the “directx” error you got when launching the game.

Patrician 3 and Star Wars JK – Dark Forces 2:
Fixed the install issues which occurred because of the recent change of the “setup/installer name” by GOG.com.

 

Portingkit website technical issues! (Resolved!)

Edit: The Portingkit website is back online again and the Portingkit application should work properly again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Here a quick heads-up.  The portingkit.com website experiences some technical issues (ERROR 403 – Forbidden) since yesterday evening. We are working on the problem as we speak. The technical issues will also be experienced when installing new games from the database of the Porting kit application. So installing new games needs to wait until the problems are fixed.

In short, we keep you posted and hold on! :)

Stronghold HD and Stronghold Crusader HD available as port again.

The games Stronghold HD and Stronghold Crusader HD were first available as native port, but now because of people having trouble with the . “Native” version of the game, I made these 2 games back available as port again. These games are still not Catalina compatible, but as mentioned earlier, the winde development team is working hard to make a kind of work around available. Until then, Porting Kit is still not usable in Catalina OS 10.15.

I tested the 2 game ports myself a bit, and they work just great in my tests on my Mac’s.

Go to the updated game pages below, or search the games in the database library in the Porting Kit app:
Stronghold HD
Stronghold Crusader HD

Dark Devotion for Mac

I came past this game on GOG.com, ported the game and runs great on my AMD Radeon iMac! The only flaw I could found is that you cannot play it full screen (see video below), but you can see the menu bar in the top. But game runs just smooth and nice. Its bin a while as well that I made a game video, so thats nice as well. Just remember to not update to Catalina yet, because of the 32-bit support drop of Mac OS 10.15. 

Game description:
Would you like to play something with tough puzzles and laughing-out-loud humour? What about something full of funny characters, featuring mind-bending plots and brain-teasing puzzles?
Help the King regain his sanity after he got turned into a raving lunatic, save the kidnapped prince and interview Queen Xina and King Bodd who have been fighting for years. You will be confronted by surprise after surprise and will have to face the most unexpected enemies. Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun for everyone.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Dark Devotion from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Back to the Future III + IV + V fan games added to Porting Kit.

It’s been a busy period. Although there has been done quite some wrapper updates silently in the background. Now I can also announce 3 new free games which has been added to Porting Kit. The games are the fan games: Back to the Future III, IV, and V. These monkey island style games are the work of Daniele Spadoni, which has a fan page blog up here…

All 3 games are free direct downloads, which means that there is no installer download required, Porting Kit will do the full download and installation for you. Simply click install and Porting Kit will do the rest.

Game pages on Porting Kit:
Back to the Future III
Back to the Future IV
Back to the Future V

Check out the video I created for this trilogy up below. Have fun!