OS Neutral gog.com galaxy

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  1. bokdol, Mar 12, 2015
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    bokdol macrumors 6502a

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    so the beta galaxy client is out. and i must say it is nice to have a full clean ui that knows what games you have installed or not. and since the games are mostly DRM free. makes me even happier!:)

    edit: does not know what games you already have installed but if you install form galaxy it will be listed as installed.
     

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  2. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Cool. I will be glad when they finally get this finished and released. I'll install it there. I own a lot of games on GOG. I'm looking forward to a convenient way to access them, keep them updated, etc.
     
  3. Washac, Mar 13, 2015
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    Where did you get this beta from ?

    Mostly DDM free, always thought they were ALL DRM free ?
     
  4. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

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    how is this different from the "My Collection" page on GOG?
     
  5. bokdol, Mar 13, 2015
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    you can still do everything online.

    i just like having to know what i installed from gog.

    I do believe its all DRM free i just only have a few games.

    there was a signup page up for a while. don't know where it is now. sorry.

    galaxy is available for both win and os x but not linux.

    it replaces gog downloader. but you can still use gog downloader. i had both apps i just deleted downloader.

    this is ALPHA not beta.

    if you have any questions or want screen shot tell me i will try to provide.

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    its like my collection in an app.
     
  6. bokdol, Mar 13, 2015
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    library view

    it still needs work. especially to sort or hide games. but it is a good start.

    most the games on the list were free form gog. (please don't judge. hahaha)

    yes omertà is a terrible game. but i like it a bit. thought it would be like tropico but with the mafia. i was wrong.
     

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  7. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    I hope the ordering, filtering and organizational features of the library section of the client are relatively similar to Steam. Otherwise for me personally there would be little reason to use the client.
     
  8. Janichsan macrumors 6502a

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    Very similar to Steam, the client is also supposed to have community functions, like friend lists and achievements, and also to broker multiplayer matches. The latter they already tested with the Witcher Adventure Game beta and a version of AvP 2000.
     
  9. bokdol thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    one feature that makes it worth it over the standard got downloader is the auto updater feature. so for me that is worth it.
     
  10. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Sounds good. Thank you.
     
  11. MichalM.Mac, May 20, 2015
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    I finally got to test OS version of Galaxy client. There are few major Mac-specific issues.

    Their user data management if flawed. They put everything to /Users/Shared
    Consider upvoting this -> http://www.gog.com/wishlist/galaxy/os_x_store_data_in_user_library
    Apparently it does not qualify as a bug.

    Other problem is few redundant menus in menu bar -> http://mantis.gog.com/view.php?id=2734
    Still in bug tracker.

    Edit:
    My feedback is duplicate of http://www.gog.com/wishlist/galaxy/mac_use_default_folders_for_support_files_not_usersshared
     
  12. xSinghx Suspended

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    They are. The app is simply a glorified updater. It's not required to play any game you own.

    You can join the beta on the website and they'll email you a download link.

    http://www.gog.com/galaxy
     
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  14. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    No Mac versions announced though which is disappointing. All the titles they mention are available for Mac on Steam. I added a comment to the thread requesting Mac versions and noticed some others did too. Hope it helps. I'd rather get them there.
     
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    I'm sure they'll get added once they sort the paperwork out. I think when I bought Shadow Warrior it was Win only but I noticed the other day I can download it for Mac now as well. It's encouraging to see more devs acknowledging the market for DRM free games by joining gog.com.

    Having finished Guacamelee! recently - a great metroid/vania side scroller with some puzzle elements (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBChxYmCxwE) - I'm a bit more excited by the goings-on of indie titles these days.

    Two I'm looking forward to this year that have said they plan to have mac versions available on GoG are Hyper Light Drifter & Moonhunters, both action rpgs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnajEYPEKIQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atrpfIj50fY
     
  16. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    This seems to be something of a trend over there with some new releases. I'm seeing Windows releases only of games i know have Mac versions. I would understand this if the publisher was Aspyr, Feral or VP in these cases but it isn't.

    On the other hand, they are doing well releasing Mac titles too. I just wish they could be more consistent in getting the Mac versions while they are at it. I do understand special cases like Age of Wonders III with a lot of built in ties to Steam needing to be reworked for a GOG release but still.

    I also wish they'd get back on the ball with classics brought over to Mac. They have a lot of titles they could package up in Boxer or Wine and it's been quite a long time now since they released a batch of those. Since they make money, I don't see why putting someone on this even if it requires a hire is a problem.

    In other news, the basic client functionality implemented seems to work well here although I am holding off playing anything from GOG until they get the time tracking fixed because I care about unimportant things like that in a big way. :D
     
  17. KALLT macrumors 601

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    There are some serious design flaws in the client that make me not want to use it. Putting everything, including cached data, preferences and logs in /Users/Shared instead of [~]/Library is beyond stupid. Then they also use a package installer (which I really dislike) and don't even use it properly, i.e. they use a custom script without a bill of materials. This means that you are installing blindly while having to enter your administrator password and when you want to uninstall everything you have to search for all of these files yourself and enter a password to delete them. This is a really bad practice. They install both a launch daemon and a local (not user) launch agent (also bad) so that the client launches automatically upon boot (which should be an optional preference to begin with, not a forced opt-out). Finally, they also ignored design conventions within the app and use a custom updater instead of the a lot more common Sparkle framework.

    Really disappointing. What is with these poor gaming clients? I already hate the Steam client, I had such high hopes for the Galaxy Client, but it's the same rubbish.
     
  18. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    The GOG client is a bug infested mess that after all this time in beta is not even feature complete and presently has over 800 outstanding issues logged on their bugs database. They market this thing aggressively like the basic functionality is good to go for daily use and neglect to inform the user on the download page just how rough this software is.

    I have attempted to use it twice with bad results each time. I logged a few bugs and removed it. I have better things to do than beta test a store client, like play games instead.

    These guys cannot even get their act together on the Window side of things. I would keep very low expectations for the Mac version. It would appear to me that they are a long way off from a stable feature complete build of this software. It's a good thing you can still skip it and just download from the site. They never did get their downloader fixed in all the time they worked on it. It still had issues when they stopped working on it. I read the thread about that thing and never even bothered to try it. I have better things to do.
     

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