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48 Hour givaway of Carmageddon TDR 2000 for free!

Great news, GOG.com is giving away another free game! This time a 48 hour giveaway of Carmageddon TDR 2000! This gift is part of the release of the game on GOG.com including the Carmageddon: Max Damage game. That game is not possible yet to run in wine thus also not in Porting Kit due to Directx11. However the free Carmageddon TDR 2000, most likely is! I need to look into it, but looks like not that hard to do. At least WineHQ rates it gold. So get this game free now, and check the blog for the official adding to Porting Kit.

Max Damage, imprisoned for life, plots his escape. However, there’s the small matter of an army of police, hordes of gangsters and thousands of enraged inhabitants – all with homicide on their minds. To succeed, it will take a four wheeling genius with no morals, a killer instinct and a burning passion to escape.

Get this free game up here…

More Porting Kit game updates!

More Porting Kit game updates!

And here a couple interesting Porting Kit game updates! This time for the games: Heroes 3, C&C 3 and Neverwinter Nights 2. Below a brief sum of the improvements:

– Heroes of Might & Magic 3  –> Fixed the save issue (couldn’t save games)
– C&C 3 Tiberian Wars/Kane’s Wrath –> Fixed a launch problem for certain Macs.
– Neverwinter Nights 2 –> Speed improvements.

To update the wrappers trash the old ones and re-install the games with the updated script in Porting Kit by searching the games on the library –> server tab. Enjoy the games!

Merry Christmas from the Paulthetall.com team!

GOG.com Winter sale started with free Grim Fandango and hundreds of sales!

GOG.com Winter sale started with free Grim Fandango and hundreds of sales!

Winter sale started on GOG.com + a free copy of Grim Fandango! Check the sales out, offers change daily! So this is the time of the year to get your wishlisted games on GOG.com now the games are cheap!

Oh, jolly! It’s the start of the GOG.com Winter Sale: where great games, gifts, and wonder are never in short supply. We’re doing 14 days of Winter Sale, starting with 500+ deals up to -90%, more offers added every single day, and holiday Stars full of great Mystery Games!

‘Tis the season of giving, so we’re giving out Grim Fandango Remastered! This isn’t just a classic for collectors, it’s still one of the best adventure games you’ll play in 2017 thanks to technical and gameplay updates introduced with the remaster. Visit GOG.com before Dec. 14, 2 PM UTC to claim your holiday gift!

Happy shopping! Go to the GOG.com sale page up here…

Crossover 17 released for Mac and Linux

Awesome news! Crossover 17 (Mac/Linux) has been released! As every year in the end of the year, Crossover releases a new update, and this one took some time to be released. had a lot of beta’s as well. So finally it’s there. Crossover is a paid Porting Application product of Codeweavers, just like Porting Kit is, but then more advanced and features. Besides that they are the main contributors of the Wine project, and Wine project would be still in the stone age without their support. So its highly recommended to have this app and by doing so, you support the Wine project, and when using the links here, also the Porting Kit project!

If you don’t own Crossover yet, then get it using the links mentioned here, and get a 25% discount with the code “portingover”! Enjoy the new app!

Changes: 17.0.0 CrossOver – December 5, 2017

  • Application Support:
    • CrossOver now supports Microsoft Office 2016.
    • CrossOver now supports Quicken 2017.
  • Linux:
    • League of Legends now runs in CrossOver Linux.
  • Core Technology Improvements:
    • CrossOver 17 includes an updated Wine with thousands of improvements for Windows application compatibility.
    • The default compatibility mode has been changed from Windows XP to Windows 7.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed a bug which prevented Microsoft Office 2010 from registering.
    • Fixed bugs which prevented Everquest and Everquest 2 from running.
    • Many improvements to Microsoft Office 2013 applications, including better support for drawing shapes, support for gradient brushes, and more.
    • Many Windows applications will run better on high dpi screens.

Get Crossover on the Codeweavers website up here…

Syberia 2 for Mac

You probably read the news about the free Syberia game for 48 hours. It looks like the Native Mac version has been removed of Syberia 2. So I added the Syberia 2 port to Porting Kit! The game is also available in Crossover with a Crosstie.

Install is simple:
1. Get Porting Kit if you don’t have it yet or Crossover.
2. Then buy/download the GOG.com setup file from Syberia 2 from GOG into your download folder.
3. Then when you own Crossover use this CrossTie or when you use Porting Kit search the game on 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!

Game description:
An unlikely pair, young Kate Walker and old, eccentric Hans Voralberg now set off on a journey together, in search of the last of the fabled Syberian mammoths at the heart of a long-forgotten universe. The surreal quest Hans began alone several years ago will come to a final close as he and Kate face obstacles far more dangerous than ever before, testing their courage and determination. Far and beyond, a mystical Syberia awaits their arrival.

Go to the game page for more info up here…

Syberia 2 for Mac

 

Syberia for Free for 48 hours on GOG.com!

You like free games? Well to celebrate the release of Syberia 3 – The Complete Journey, GOG.com offers the first Syberia game of the series for free! The cool thing is that the game is for Mac as well. So no porting kit is required in this case. However! Be fast, the gift started yesterday already and ends on November 11th! If you like the Syberia series, we ported Syberia 2 as well to Mac up here...

Game Description:
Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems to be a fairly straightforward assignment. Just a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to New York. Little did she imagine, when embarking on this task, that her life would be turned upside down

Get this free game quickly up here…

The future of Wine on Mac….Wine dead on Mac in 18 months?

The future of Wine on Mac....Wine dead on Mac in 18 months?

I see you thinking, wine dead in 18 months? Yeah, it’s a very very good possibility (not joking here…) “What does that mean? How come? ” Well, it’s the decision of Apple, “no more compromise”….to go over to 64 bit only. That will start in High Sierra 10.13x (yeah where we are in now and where we already ran into bumps), and most likely end in 64bit only next year already!!. “Hey wait, you guys mentioned that you are working on 64-bit Wine app?”.  Yep that’s correct, but that doesn’t solve the fact that the games are still 32-bit, and Apple won’t accept 32-bit processes. This can’t be fixed by using a 64-bit Engine and creating a 64-bit Wineskin app unfortunately.

“So all is lost?” Well we have little hope on a specific project called “hangover” which Codeweavers (yeah from Crossover) and the wine community started up to find a way to keep Wine working on Mac (64bit) using ARM Emulator (an emulator between the windows app and the real CPU that we can put in any mode) which is a building block and would still need a lot of work (if even proven “workable/not too slow”) to be useful on the new Mac OS. There are maybe a few similar options, but also requires “emulation/virtualization” which means slow. So in short, there needs to come a solution (and I mean fast) but the “possible” (hope/pray)  alternatives takes a lot of time to implant. Alexandre Julliart isn’t really mourning about that (and he shouldn’t), because Apple seems to be lost at this moment. It looks like everyone needs to adapt to the changes they make, we (wine(skin) community) had already to adapt 3 times already because of OS updates in the past years, and now it looks like they are about to give the final blow.

“So now what?” Well, thought about alternative solutions as well, and fell back to the same kind of solutions as Codeweavers comes with (emulation/virtualization) but then again you can even better put also VM’s and bootcamp on your system, and that’s not what we want.

So we are building hard on a Linux version of Porting Kit, so not all years we put in Porting Kit and into all the game ports, are lost. In that way we can still continue our vision on Linux, although  in that case it will end for Mac in OS 10.13x or maybe even 10.14x. It’s not what we want, but Apple leaves is in that case no choice to abandon the sinking ship. For me if it comes that far that there is no solution for the 32-bit support drop, I will move over to Linux as well and we keep Porting Kit supported for Mac until OSX 10.14 and not above. Before it comes that far, let’s first hope there will be a solution in these 18 months after all…

GOG.com Halloween sale up to 90% off!

GOG.com Halloween sale up to 90% off!

It seems GOG.com opened up a Halloween sale lasting to November 2nd with 200+ deals with discounts up to 90%! Halloween I don’t care about, but the discounts I do :)! So I will mention a couple of interesting Native Mac games and some Windows games for we have a port in Crossover/Porting Kit. Let’s start with some Native Mac games! Victor Fran (75%) Anomaly Warzone Earth (80% off) Hallow Knight (-35%). There are also great bundles up to 85%, its just too much to mention, simply check out the sale on the  GOG.com homepage.

Then also tons of awesome Windows games for we have a port in Crossover and Porting Kit! I will mention only a couple of the many many games with massive discounts. Starting with the Sherlock Bundle (85% off!) The Guild Bundle (80% discount) Dungeon & Dragons BundleBlack Mirror Bundle (-80%),  Broken Sword Bundle (80% off) and many many more!

And remember, when spending $15 or more, you a get a free treat: Tales from the Borderland! Happy shopping!

Go to the whole sale up here…

Important Porting Kit update!

Important Porting Kit update!

Because of a website problem with Portingkit.com , there was an update necessary which caused the Porting Kit to disfunction. WSI file didn’t install anymore. So we were forced to update the porting kit as well with a fix. So this results into a message in your Porting Kit that you need to update PK in order to use the app properly.

The exact message is: “Your Porting Kit version is too outdated for downloading ports from the Porting Kit database. In order to install apps from the server tab properly, update the Porting Kit.”

Update the app by “check for updates” using the porting kit menu in top bar menu. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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