Nightdive Studios: Make DOSBox an option on Steam, or at least provide the original .exe, please

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  1. Skafsgaard

    Skafsgaard New Member

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    Hey Nightdive Studios!

    EDIT: The game I'm talking about is I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.
    Thanks to Shaun Gupta for pointing out that I actually failed to mention that.

    I really appreciate that you've migrated to the generally superior ScummVM on Steam.
    It's regrettable that DOSBox doesn't remain an option, however.

    The reason I need to run the game through DOSBox is that I want to play the game on my NVIDIA Shield, but NVIDIA's gamestream won't work with ScummVM. I know that DOSBox works just fine in that regard.

    I'd quite like it if you made DOSBox still an option. Either as an alternate launch option, or as a "beta" branch. I feel like that would be ideal.
    Failing that, would you at least provide the full original game files, which includes the game .exe? That way I could at least set it up to run with DOSBox on my own. Currently it's impossible for me to run it through DOSBox, since the .exe is missing - I assume you've removed it, because ScummVM has no need for it.

    I'm really happy that you're providing a classic like this to us - something that'd be near impossible to get legally otherwise. And I appreciate that you're making it easily accessible by packaging it with ScummVM. It feels a bit off, however, that all of the original files aren't provided, preventing us from running it how we'd like, to suit our needs - such as streaming it to the NVIDIA Shield.

    Well, I hope you'll listen.
    Have a good one! :)
     
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  2. Shaun Gupta

    Shaun Gupta New Member Staff Member

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    Hey there,

    Unless I'm missing something, you should be able to play the DOSBox version. My Steam copy of Enhanced also has (as a separate listing) System Shock: Classic, which actually has a few DOSBox options - the CD version and the Floppy one (granted, I'm assuming without the enhanced resolutions or mouselook). I just ran it and verified it is opening in DOSBox.

    In addition, you should be able to access the original files. For me, it's in:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SS1

    Hope this is helpful!

    P.S. I just realized you didn't mention which game. I assumed System Shock given its classic nature, but if it's something else like Turok, I can't attest to that.
     
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  3. Skafsgaard

    Skafsgaard New Member

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    Damn, I can't believe I left out which game I was talking about. I originally posted in the game's Steam Community forum, and pretty much just copy pasted here, for increased visibility.
    I'm an idiot. The game is I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. I'll edit it in.

    Thanks for making me aware of this incredible mistake!
     
  4. Shaun Gupta

    Shaun Gupta New Member Staff Member

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    No worries. In that case, my advice above isn't helpful - sorry! (I browsed the game files and see what you mean about no original executable.) But hopefully someone from NDS development sees your request. =)
     
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    I think we can include the original .exe in the Steam depot - lemme ask one of the devs and we'll see if we can throw it in there for you :)
     
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    No worries, Shaun - hardly your fault. Plus, your assumption that I was talking about SS1 was a good one. Arguably one of their most prominent rereleases and touchups. :)

    Stephen, you're amazing! Thank you so much for listening to your customers and fans - I really appreciate it. Devs like that are far and few between. :)
     

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