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World of Tanks 9.0 Update!

Edit: I updated the normal World of Tanks Wrapper (AMD version is still in tact) which is Intel/Nvidia optimized. (Has better performance and should fix a close/crash of game after a battle)

World of Tanks got an update a few days back. This update was especially focused on graphics. Well in Wine this can be a good thing or a bad thing, also dependent on the video card you have in your Mac. For AMD Radeon for example, it worked always good. Good FPS, no glitches, etc. On Nvidia and Intel it is a different story. Anyway, I got some questions about World of Tanks that the game crashes after one battle since the latest 9.0 update.So I looked into the matter and spent the whole night testing and tweaking. A thing I saw was the graphics tab was different. You can improve the graphics and Field of View (FOV) or decrease it, but the last one you should do to get some performance improvements.

In the end I created now 2 Wrapper flavors which is specialized on the specific GFX cards. With both my Nvidia iMac with 512mb and My AMD Radeon 670M I could play about 3 games in a row without any troubles. Yes, the wrappers aren’t flawless and you should check which wrapper works best for you. I created a game play video with the 9.0 version of WOT to show how it works at the moment. Enjoy!

You can find the new Wrappers up here…

Website up again after issues datacenter Bluehost!

I migrated the website not long ago to a more expensive faster and “more reliable” Web hosting company called Bluehost. Unfortunately Bluehost suffered yesterday from an issue on the data center which caused an outage for this website as well. The website has been down for about 14 hours and many people may have have wondered what the heck was going on. I found out by a news post that it was the data center which had a problem. I sent in a complained to them so I hope I get some compensation for this matter (a few months free hosting or something like that).

So, I am sorry for the inconvenience and hope the site will be stay stable from now on.

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Site link troubles Fixed!

There were some problems with all the “Permalinks” since yesterday evening. This causes that all game pages were  inaccessible! This problem was caused when Manesh was trying to fix the already existing issue with the Blog, that you cannot click on other pages for more Blog posts. The page linking problem is now fixed. But the blog issue that you cannot click on other pages to older posts (at the bottom of the Blog)  is still there and is still worked on.

So I am glad the web page issue is solved now, and I will update the Blog when the “Access to older posts on the Blog” issue is solved.

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Wine 1.7.16 released!

Wine 1.7.16 is released just now! The wine version will be build in an engine and will be available in “Winery“. Winery is a program where you can build wrappers with, and is available on the Wineskin website. I used Winery to build all my Wrappers for this website. The Wine engine itself isn’t available yet in Winery but will follow soon by the Wineskin developer (Doh123). When it is there download and test it with your games when interested! There were quite some regression test fixes implanted and better IDL compiler support. See more details below and on WineHQ.

The Wine development release 1.7.16 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • More regression test fixes.
  • String arrays better supported in the IDL compiler.
  • Initial stubs for DirectX Video Acceleration.
  • Various bug fixes.

 
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Login accounts works now!

Ok guys, finally the first steps are there. For the ones who have an account can now finally login properly now and create comments and change their profiles and things like that. All other steps will be implanted as well coming time, like VIP accounts and other features for free members as well. Anyway, the basics are finally there now.

For the ones who haven’t an account yet and wanted to wait before the login stuff was fixed, can create there accounts now as well. Enjoy, and happy commenting!

Wine 1.7.15 is released!

Wine 1.7.15 is released just now! The wine version will be build in an engine and will be available in “Winery“. Winery is a program where you can build wrappers with, and is available on the Wineskin website. I used Winery to build all my Wrappers for this website. The engine itself is already available in Winery, so download and test it with your games when interested! There were quite some regression test fixes implanted and support for exception unwinding in VBscript. See more details below and on WineHQ.

The Wine development release 1.7.15 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • New Task Scheduler service.
  • Many regression test fixes.
  • Support for exception unwinding in VBScript.
  • Various bug fixes.

Free game Super Sanctum TD!

I wouldn’t like to keep this from you guys, but Super Sactum TD (worth 3,99) is temporarly for free when creating an account on greenman gaming. Sanctum is predecessor of  Sanctum 2, which is also native for the Mac.  So my advise, create an account the, get the steam key,  activate it in Steam and trash the greenman gaming account again! If you are not familier to the game, then check the trailer below.

The game is for Mac and Windows, so you can play the game normally using the Mac Steam client. Enjoy!

First steps account Login (almost) ready!

There is a lot of development at the moment on the website, and you may have see the login possibilities in the sidebar and the top bar. Loads of cool features are coming up which you will really love!  However, unfortunatly it isn’t finished yet. First the free membership stuff will be put in place with some features. Then features will be expanded and also the premium stuff put in place. It is all a lot of work and Manesh Sonah is doing his best to implant all the things, but it takes some time to do it properly.

So if you see a massive sidebar on the side while you want to register at the moment, then yeah, this is omething where is worked on. Even if you created an account succesfully, and login somehow fails for you, yup, is worked on. As soon all is in place and everything should work, then I will let you guys know on the blog. Feel free to create an account already, but know it might not work properly yet. Thanks for all your patience!

New Wineskin 2.6.0 Beta 1!

Doh123 from Wineskin, released a Beta version of  Wineskin. In this release he fixed some bugs and added some features, including some requests I made.  Doh123 asked to test this out and let him know of any bugs or other needed features ASAP, so he can make the 2.6.0 release great! Download the new Beta below.

Wineskin 2.6.0 Beta 1 Download

List of changes

  • Wineskin.m background daemon has been merged into WineskinLauncher.  Please test thoroughly, including file assocations, and opening the wrapper from Finder, as well as all other functionality and screen options.  Wineskin.m used to be the main brains of the wrapper, so a lot had to change to get it working inside of WineskinLauncher.
  • A D3DBoost checkbox has been added in Screen Options in Wineskin.app.  This will quickly let you enable/disable the CSMT option for Command Stream in Wine.  This is currently only in Wineskin engines maked D3DBoost, and in the WS9WineCX13.1.0 engine.  It will be in future Wine versions when CSMT becomes standard in Wine.
  • Killall Wineskin button in Wineskin.app should work again.
  • Killall Wineskin button will also attempt to clear stuck launchd process to clear up 10810 errors.
  • Fixed a parsing bug in Winetricks update that caused some entries to have the wrong command names and fail to work, such as corefonts and allfonts.
  • Stuck launchd processes will try to be removed at wrapper shut down, if any.  This is to attempt to prevent 10810 errors.
  • In the git repo, Wineskin.app projoect folder has been renamed from Wineskin to WineskinApp.
  • In the git repo, WineskinLauncherAS (the Applescript version of the old Launcher) has been removed.
  • In the git repo, Wineskin.m has been removed.

New Features: Subscribe button + Likes + Google+!

There is a lot going on lately concerning the website. Faster webhosting, setting up login possibility with many extra features etc. Faster Webhosting is done now and a specific request for “RSS” is answered but in a different way. We have set up the feature to subscribe to the website. This is about the same feature as “RSS” but this will sent you an email when there is a new post on the website with the subject of the post + a part of the description. You can subscribe to the website on the right side of the blog page on the “BETA Subscribe” field. Besides that al game posts have social media features to like the post and such things.

The more people the better! Invite all your Mac gaming friends! Enjoy the new features and there is more to come very soon!

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