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Steam ports are temporarily unfunctional

Update 13-7.2 (VitorMM)
Since we gonna take a while updating the Steam ports to use the latest Staging engine, I’ll explain for those who prefer not to wait: how to install any of our Steam ports with Wine Staging 2.12. Firstly, you need to update the Porting Kit to the latest version (at the moment it’s 2.6.127, but in case you are seeing that in the future, it may be any superior version as well). Now open the description of the game that you want to install and press More -> Advanced installation. A process very similar to the normal installation will start, but in the end you gonna see a dialog with options for chaging some of the installation parameters (engine, DRM clients and X11/MacDriver). Change the engine to WS9WineStaging2.12 and press Ok. That should install the port using that engine instead.

There is no warranty that this is going to work for any of the Steam games, but it’s the best try until we can update them all. Age of Empires II HD is the only Steam port updated so far to use the Wine Staging 2.12 engine.

 

Update 13-7 (Paulthetall)
There is a fix available implanted in Wine Staging 2.12 which addresses the issue. I will update some game ports with the engine which will also update the game port itself. About the main problem itself, it looks like a Steam issue, not related to Wine. So this may be fixed by Steam itself with an update, or we will add the Wine staging 2.12 engine update to all Steam games to adress the issue which may cause cause some issues with a couple of games (which needs to be reported when experiencing issues). Or we will update the Engines one by one with some testing (takes longer).  Anyhow, hold on, we are working on it.

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Valve just released a new update for Steam, and its latest version has stopped working in Wine. The WineHQ community is working on a patch to fix the issue:

https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43315

We are also trying to find solutions that may work in old Wine versions. In the meanwhile, if you have a working Steam port, DON’T ALLOW IT TO UPDATE. Once the port starts the update download, press Cancel and then launch the port again. It should run without downloading the update. If it tries to download the update again, cancel it and wait until we have a fix for the problem, or turn-off your Wi-Fi (or unplug your ethernet port if that’s the case) while playing the game. If you let Steam update, wait for future instructions.

If you want to install a Steam port, wait until we can find a fix and update the Steam installation script with it. We gonna keep you all informed.

Dishonored for Mac Gameplay video!

Since a long time I made a gameplay video of the Dishonored game! The performance of the game is great on even a medium-end iMac as my Intel Iris. Imagine how it runs on high end Macs! I played the game already for 1.5 hours, so yeah, for RPG lovers this game is a must have. I explain in the video a little bit the installation process, but will be mostly gameplay.

Go to the game page to play it yourself up here…

Red Alert 2 + C&C Renegade Wrapper update!

As promised! The Red Alert 2 and C&C Renegade update with Activation.dll fix! As mentioned in the previous post about the Origin Activation.dll fix which included the fix for the rest of the Origin games in the Porting Kit, now those last 2 games which are included in the C&C Ultimate edition (only about $8), which also includes C&C 3 + Kanes Wrath, Red Alert 3 + Uprising and C&C Generals!

Red Alert 2 I have added some extra notes (to add a couple of files for best performance) and played 3 levels without issues in 800×600 resolution. Also Renegade works just awesome (native Windows). Enjoy!

Origin Activation.dll final fix!!

Ladies and Gentlemen attention please! Finally, yes finally we implanted a decent fix for the Origin activation DLL issues. In the past we needed to use specific patches to workaround that issue and even then there were some people where it still caused problems. However!! There is finally an official fix for this problem (a pre-loader) which fixes this issue once and for all! I nice extra with the new engine, is that the crash after install is fixed as well! I will test and update all Origin games this weekend and coming week. I already did the update for the games:

The rest will follow shortly. Red Alert 2 and C&C renegade have a regression in the latest Wine versions, so that still needs to be fixed before I will update these Engines. This means the games still work using the old fashioned patches, but the engine with pre-loader will follow shortly as well!

 

Fallout New Vegas and Elder Scrolls Oblivion GOG.com Sources added to Porting Kit!

As promised we would add the GOG.com Source of Fallout 3 GOTY and Fallout New Vegas Ultimate and The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion as soon as we could. And the status is that we Added Fallout New Vegas Ultimate and The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion so far and we only need to do the last one Fallout 3 GOTY which we still want to add this week. But there is more cool stuff on the road ahead, so have a close look at the paulthetall.com blog!

Go to the game pages here… and here…

New Macs in Apple Store!

Awesome new. Finally, finally Apple starts to get brains. They got rid of the Intel HD GFX cards in the iMac’s and the starter models gets an Intel Iris (which is not that bad) and basic systems are getting 2 GB VRAM AMD Radeon cards!! Yes! Gaming is finally getting affordable for the people who don’t have a big purse! I am waiting on Black Friday!

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display
Now starting at $1299
iMac features powerful new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics that make a spectacle of everything you see. The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is loaded with up to 8GB of dedicated VRAM. And the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display ignites with up to 4GB. Both deliver visual effects and 3D graphics that exhibit raw power in its most polished form. On top of that, you get advanced video editing capabilities. Now you can edit multicam projects in Final Cut Pro X with up to five streams of full-resolution 4K video.

Check out the apple store… for the details

Anno 2070 is back + other Uplay games!

Great news! In the latest Wine Staging, the games who earlier didn’t start anymore (Rayman Legends, Flashback, Anno 2070 and Rainbow Six Vegas 2, are now working again! I updated these ports with the Wine staging 2.8 engine and now things finally are starting getting back to normal for Uplay. Of course there are still some client bugs like: Images of game covers or loading for ages and when starting an install it may take up to 5 minutes before the install/download starts, but hey, it’s a one time action (downloading/install) only ;) We hope to get those Uplay client bugs soon fixed as well.

Go quickly to the game page of Anno 2070 up here…

Porting Kit 2.6 released!

Hey, hey, hey! Here is VitorMM! I’m here to talk with you about the new Porting Kit version: Porting Kit 2.6!! That may seem too soon since the last version was PK 2.5.61, however that’s a very special release. There were some small changes since 2.5.45, but PK 2.6 brings many changes!

1- As one of the most important changes, PK now has a requirements list, which check if your PK version is updated enough to use a certain feature. In that way, we are going to avoid problems with outdated PK versions, and created ports will always have the minimum needed to work.

2- Another improvement is that the DRM scripts now come from our server instead of being hardcoded in PK. In that way, we are capable of updating them in real time, and keeping ports that depend of DRMs always working. That should give an end to PK updates focused in making Origin or Uplay ports work again.

3- Also, PK 2.6 and its next versions have the intention of replacing Porting Center, so the Porting Kit now can also be used by WSI Developers to upload ports, now in the new extension, the WSI2. Eventually, Porting Center will be dropped, and the Porting Kit will be our only application. Only PK 2.6+ is capable of downloading and installing WSI2 files, but they will give us much more possibilities to improve PK ports.

4- And at last, PK 2.5.61 and PK 2.6 are the first PK versions to use our fourth server API, giving us more possibilities when showing the server list, so as soon as we can release Porting Kit Legacy 2.6, the oldest server API still active (our second) will be dropped, so every Porting Kit version before 2.4.205 will stop working. That also applies to our third server API, but that one should be kept for a longer time, giving everybody time to update.

For the basic instructions for the Portingkit installation go here…

Get the free Portingkit if you don’t own it yet up here…

And in case you use macOS 10.6 or 10.7, get the Legacy version instead, right here…

Mass Effect Wrapper update!

Great news! The Mass Effect port got an update this weekend. I managed to fix the cut off conversations in the game :). Besides that I managed to get Mass Effect 2 working as well, so you can expect a release of that port as well! The WSI in Porting Kit is updated now, so if you install (or re-install when you already have the game installed) then the fix will be implanted!

Changes:
– Fixed in-game cut-off conversations

Check the game page here… 

Porting Kit update 2.5.45

Porting Kit has regulaire updates with all kind of small fixes features. Most of the time we only put news posts on big releases or important bug fixes, and this time it’s because of important bug fixes. Because for the ones noticed, steam wrappers had some serious error messages, because of Winetricks and installer downloads which failed. This is fixed in the latest version, so make sure to update your Porting Kit to latest version! You can do that manually in the Porting Kit top menu. Tip to select the automatic update select box in preferences to always go with the flow :)

Important fixes:

  • Fixed: Debug mode now is only runnable for Wineskin ports (which is the only case where it works)
  • Fixed: Checksum errors shouldn’t appear if a file is only available in WebArchive
  • Fixed: Most Uplay ports should work again
  • Improved: PK should try to download a DRM installer three times before giving up

If you want to see the whole list of changes the past time, check here…