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Online Casinos are the Next Big Thing

Online Casinos are the Next Big Thing

There is so much going on in the online casino world that it becomes difficult to categorise whether we are at the start of the revolution or in the middle of it. The last few years have seen a mega rise in online gambling as it has brought about the ease of playing and made it simpler by letting people enjoy gaming from anywhere in the world.

The rise of online casinos has primarily been because they have captured the imagination of enthusiasts by creating a world that is safe, exciting, and of course, brimming with money-making opportunities. But what is it really that makes online casinos so popular? We look at some of the principal reasons for this latest trend and how it has changed the way we gamble.

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*Update* future plans Porting Kit!

*Update* future plans Porting Kit!

Hey Guys, here a quick heads up for the plans with Porting Kit coming time (coming 12 months). This also because their might be many questions regarding the 64Bit only transition of Apple of the coming Mac OS and the effect on it on Porting Kit and how further.

Well I can say we are working hard on the future of Porting Kit, to make the past 6/7 years not be in vain with our over a 1000 game ports. Mojave in combination of Porting Kit has some challenges itself as well and requires in many cases to turn on the “unofficial Wineskin” option (using the Porting Kit Preferences –> unofficial Wineskin selectbox). For example Dragon Age Ultimate has some massive performance issues when not using latest Wineskin version (TCCD process is taking lots of  CPU usage).

New updated GUI:
First change will be very soon (timespan weeks), that we change the GUI to a better overview one. The Local library will dissapear as an tab and your ports will be visible on the side, a little bit in the way of GOG Galaxy (picture link) has that implemented. So this saves confusion when you are in local tab or server tab. Now it will be more clear that your installed ports are now on the side bar and the server ports are in the middle/other side.

Linux version of Porting Kit:
Yes, it was whispered in the past, but after the new GUI, this will consume our most attention. A Linux version of Porting Kit. Reason 1, to expand the Porting Kit reach, but even more important, with the future in mind, we need a Linux version to be able to run a Mini Linux version in a Virtual Machine for the smaller 32-bit games. What that means I will explain below. For the Linux version we would gladly receive some help. Are you a Linux programmer? You love Porting Kit? You volunteer to help us out? please contact us (in this case Vitor) using the contact form and help us to make the Linux version ASAP. This would be a great help making the next step possible: Porting Kit Classic (32-bit Virtual Machine)

Porting Kit Classic and Porting Kit Future:
As the subject above already mentions, we gonna split up Porting Kit in 2 versions as it looks like so far. A Porting Kit Classic version which is a very small Virtual Machine with a 32-bit Linux/Porting Kit environment to play the more smaller 32 bit games. Think about titles like: Rollercoaster Tycoon, Heroes 3, Caesar 3, Pharaoh, and tons of other classics. The other Porting Kit will be 64-bit and run the 64bit games and Directx11 in combination with Vulcan (needs some more Wine love for Mac but when 64bit Mac OS will be a fact, this will ready or almost ready). More details on all of this will follow when time will pass.

Other implementations:
Other stuff which is also in the planning, and will be worked out between the projects, is Chat and Network support, so users of Porting Kit can play games with each-other using LAN/WAN support.

So again, if you have Linux programming skills and want to help out, let us know.

Bioshock Classic for Mac

Last week I heard that the classic version of Bioshock was added as extra on GOG.com when you own/buy the Remastered version of Bioshock! That means that the 32 bit version is back!! So I added the port to Porting Kit for the Classic version of Bioshock. That means that if you buy or own the remastered game, you have to download the setup files for the Bioshock Classic version into your download folder and then let Porting Kit do the rest of the Magic ;) Now you can finally play again Bioshock Classic for Mac! Beware, that this game is quite big, so a medium to High-end Mac is really recommended.

BioShock is a shooter unlike any you’ve ever played, loaded with weapons and tactics never seen. You’ll have a complete arsenal at your disposal from simple revolvers to grenade launchers and chemical throwers, but you’ll also be forced to genetically modify your DNA to create an even more deadly weapon: you.

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 Bioshock Classic version from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” and that you get it as extra when buying the remastered version of Bioshock) 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!

Go to the Bioshock remastered game page for more info up here…

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Strategic Command Classic: WWII for Mac!

It’s bin a while since there has been some new ports, so here we are! Re-least just this week on GOG.com: The Strategic Command series! starting with Strategic Command Classic WWII!
The version on GOG.com us the Matrix version. The Matrix version is the Gold Edition of the Original Strategic Command: Blitzkrieg and Weapons and Warfare combined. It also contains the Pacific Theatre and Patton Drives East DLCs  Combining the ease of play, accessibility and addicting gameplay, Strategic Command Classic WWII adds tons of features in a single game.

Rewrite history with 6 full length, open ended campaigns beginning at key stages of World War II. Begin the war from the historical invasion of Poland in 1939, Denmark and Norway in 1940, Russia in 1941, Stalingrad in 1942, the invasion of Sicily by the Allies in 1943 or the epic beach landings of D-Day in 1944.

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 Strategic Command Classic WWII 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!

Go to the Army Men- World War game page for more info up here…

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Two Immortal Games Revived (And Released Across Platforms) In The New Millennium

In this day and age, new games are released perhaps every minute of every day. Their topics and formats are incredibly diverse, ranging from role-playing titles and shooters to puzzles, table games like blackjack, and new takes on classic formats, having everything covered. But there are some games that stood the test of time, that have proven to be valuable enough to be played even decades after their first emergence and decline. Many of these were reworked to appeal to modern-day audiences while keeping their original atmosphere (and looks) and are now playable on a variety of platforms.

One of the most eloquent examples is the “Monkey Island” series, launched in 1990 by Lucasfilm Games. In it, players get to join Guybrush Threepwood on his quest to become a pirate. It wasn’t the best-looking game of all time but it compensated with its humor and gameplay. The original game was released on floppy disk in 1990 and on CD-ROM two years later, covering every popular platform at the time, from MS-DOS to Amiga. A year later, it spawned a sequel along with two more in the coming years, and seemingly forgotten for almost a decade. In 2009, though, it received the “Special Edition” treatment, being released on the iPhone, Windows, and Xbox 360, followed by a PlayStation 3, Mac OS X, and iPad version a year later. Today, the series is all but dead (thanks to the untimely demise of Telltale Games) but its legacy lives on.

Although it wasn’t a major commercial success, System Shock 2 was one of the best games of its time. Released in the summer of 1999, it reaped all the accolades available at the time, ranging from several “Game of the Year” awards, almost all the stars it could get from various gaming publications and was credited with shaping the future of the horror FPS genre. Alas, it only sold less than 60,000 copies, so the developer ended support for it in 2000 when the developer Looking Glass Studios went down. Ultimately, Night Dive Studios secured the rights to the game and re-released it through GOG.com in 2013, including a Mac OS X and Linux release of the title. Today, the company is working on both a remake of the first System Shock game, set to be released in 2020, and a sequel to System Shock 2 with a release date yet to be announced. It is very likely that both titles will be launched on as many platforms as possible, covering everything from gaming consoles to Mac OS X, perhaps even iOS and Android.

Empire Earth Wrapper update + updated video!

The Empire Earth port seemed to have a few bugs through time, so here we are. Besides updating the port, I also thought let’s make a video tutorial of it as well.

Fixed:
– Updated to latest Wine engine for best performance
– Performance fix
– Shortcut update of the DLC

Go to the Empire Earth Porting Kit game page up here…

Updated Red Alert 2/Origin client video Tutorial!

As promised to some people having confusing how to installed Red Alert 2/Origin, here a quick updated Tutorial how to install Red Alert on your Mac. I Mention in the video this older version of Origin is temporarily and we are working on a supported updated version of Origin on the Mac. But until the updated port is finished, you guys have to do it with this more out dated version of the Origin Client.

Enjoy the video and I hope this tutorial will take away any confusion of the installation of the Origin Client in Porting Kit and the game itself.

Brother in Arms Earned in Blood and Hell’s Highway also added to Porting Kit!

A bit late, because they were already added the same week as Road to Hill 30, but Brothers in Arms – earned in Blood and Hell’s  Highway are now available in Porting Kit as well :) Brothers in Arms brings you back to WWII in a true story. Especially the Hell’s Highway episode has the best graphics and makes this game a must have for any WW2 shooter fans. The games are available on GOG.com and one of the limited games I really played from start to end. Especially for Hell’s Highway, a medium to High-end Mac is recommended. The other 2 runs very smooth on even low-end Macs :)

Get the new added games on the specific game pages here… and here… ow and while I am busy anyways, Road to Hill 30 here…

Brothers in Arms – Road to Hill 30 for Mac

Maybe you have noticed that GOG.com added the Brothers in Arms Trilogy in their catalog containing all 3 games in the series: Brothers in Arms – earned in Blood, Road to Hill 30, and the highly rated Hell’s  Highway. Those 3 epic war games brings you back to WW2 in a thrilling true story-line where you have to fight your way through the german lines.

I added the Steam version of the trilogy already, but now the GOG.com version will be added separately as well. So yesterday I added the first one: Brothers’s in Arms  Road to Hill 30. That’s the second part of the series. Tonight I will add the first part. and later this week Hell’s Highway.

You can find the Porting Kit page of the game up here….

Age of Empires 3 Wrapper update!

Here a quick heads-up. With Steam dropping support for WinXP and Porting Kit auto-updating the steam ports, the game didn’t work properly anymore in the Windows 7 Environment port. So I fixed that for Age of Empires 3. So everyone experiencing the issue, trash the old wrapper and reinstall the new one and start the fun! I also checked Age of Empires 2 HD and that one seems still to run fine. Besides that the launcher has some more colors then before :P, it launches fine for me after a clean install.

Get the Age of Empires 3 port up here… or find it on the server tab on Porting Kit.

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