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ScummVM, Update With a Bang (kingofgng.com) 37

KingofGnG writes: The developers of ScummVM have announced a new version for the virtual machine preferred by graphic adventure fans: also known as "Lost with Sherlock," ScummVM 1.8.0 is hailed as one of the heftiest releases ever prepared by the team, with the addition of many games and game engines, the substantial update of graphics and sound sub-systems and the availability of new conversions for minor platforms.
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ScummVM, Update With a Bang

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  • Does anyone know why Scumm adds so many brand new games to ScummVM? What is the point?

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      to play them dipshit

    • Re:New Games (Score:5, Informative)

      by Gadget_Guy ( 627405 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @02:06AM (#51664239)

      Does anyone know why Scumm adds so many brand new games to ScummVM? What is the point?

      I suggest you have a look at the ScummVM download page [scummvm.org] and look at how many different platforms to which it has been ported. If you run Windows then there might not be any real advantage, but if, for example, you want to play a recent release on iOS, Android, Playstation 3, OS/2 or Amiga then this is just the thing for you.

  • by jensend ( 71114 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @02:23AM (#51664277)

    It's rather different from the kinds of adventures one usually thinks of for ScummVM, but some years ago a lot of work was done on the Mohawk engine, variations of which run Myst and Riven. Things stalled without it being promoted to testing, so it didn't get exposure and testing and attract new developers. But recently a lot of additional work has been done and it looks like this may finally see some light in the next release! See recent work here [github.com].

    For Myst, one can choose between a number of rereleases, but not so for Riven, and the original and versions on Steam have some buggy behaviors on new operating systems. With a scummvm engine one could hope any issues would eventually be fixed, while Cyan doesn't have much incentive to fix their own old stuff.

    (It really is too bad Cyan didn't do a 1440x1080 rerender / "HD remaster" of Riven. Yeah, it'd have to be 4/3 since they can't redo all their shots, but if they have the art assets it would be a big boon to have an edition with over 2x the vertical resolution.)

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The makers of Myst are doing a new game, not yet another Myst version, a new game:

      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction

      So perhaps its better not to get so stuck in playing the same games over and over again.

      • by jensend ( 71114 )

        I'm signed up for the Obduction kickstarter, though after the way Uru and Myst V went my expectations for it aren't all that high. I hope to be pleasantly surprised.

        But though I have fond memories of it, I haven't played Riven in what, 18 years? (except for trying the steam version out to see whether it worked well. it didn't). And there are generations of gamers that have never played it.

        And if you think playing old games is stupid, why are you bothering to comment on a scummvm article in the first place?

    • by dmbrun ( 907271 )
      Interesting.

      I thought ResidualVM was meant to be handling Myst rather than ScummVM.
      • by jensend ( 71114 )

        Residual is trying to do Myst III. The 2d+videos interface and engine of Myst and Riven is probably more of a natural fit for the main ScummVM than are the engines ResidualVM is trying to support.

    • Myst? That was the "game" that was all graphics, no substance. How is anyone going to be impressed with that today?
    • (It really is too bad Cyan didn't do a 1440x1080 rerender / "HD remaster" of Riven. Yeah, it'd have to be 4/3 since they can't redo all their shots, but if they have the art assets it would be a big boon to have an edition with over 2x the vertical resolution.)

      My friend, I give you the Starry Expanse [starryexpanse.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ScummVM 1.8 adds support for ten new games using eight brand new game engines:

    Amazon: Guardians of Eden
    Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity
    Broken Sword 2.5: The Return of the Templars
    Labyrinth of Time
    Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender
    Sfinx
    The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Rose Tatt

  • by maestroX ( 1061960 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @05:31AM (#51664635)
    2 guys from andromeda
  • by Impy the Impiuos Imp ( 442658 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @05:37AM (#51664651) Journal

    > ScummVM

    For a second I thought it said scrum vm, and I started getting angry.

  • I have fond memories of playing that game when i was a kid.

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