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#13017956 GOG Deals Thread: FPS Classics $2.99 and Under

Posted by marsilies on 09 November 2015 - 10:57 PM

I was curious why GOG was not showing that I owned Fallout 1+2+Tactics and it appears that the original versions are now labeled as "classic" and no longer listed on the store.  As far as I can tell the versions are mostly the same, although the "classic" versions appear to have more goodies and fan patches/bug fixes included.

Yeah, the "Classic" versions were licensed from Interplay. Interplay lost the license, which went to Bethesda, which re-released the games on GOG, but with less extras.


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Posted by marsilies on 30 September 2015 - 01:47 PM

The free game is now SUPER DISTRO.



#11969087 GOG Deals Thread: FPS Classics $2.99 and Under

Posted by marsilies on 30 July 2014 - 08:58 PM

What is a gem promo?  

They have a Trine promo that is pretty neat.  They have updated Trine 1.  If you already have it, you get the updated version free.  

A gem promo is just what they call a sale on a single game. It used to be called the "hidden gem" promo, supposedly to highlight a good but lesser known game by providing a discount. They then started calling the promo "indie gem" or "classic gem" based on the type of game it was, but now it's just called the gem promo.


The Trine promo isn't exclusive to GOG, but is also available on Steam and Humble. Basically, if you bought the PC version of Trine somewhere, you get the upgrade to the Enchanted Edition for free.

#11033599 GOG Deals Thread: FPS Classics $2.99 and Under

Posted by marsilies on 03 September 2013 - 04:30 PM

Um, no.  Cameras shoot on the film they are designed for.  35mm film has a native aspect ratio of 3:2.  Widescreen film is done with anamorphic lenses (which squish the images horizontally) on the camera and projector.  Widescreen films really got their start in the '50s when TV was first threatening cinema.

Actually, silent film had a standard aspect ratio of 4:3, or 1.33:1 (as does Super35 4-perf). When sound tracks were added to the film, the image frame had to be adjusted, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided on an image frame with an aspect ratio of 1.37:1, known as the "Academy Ratio". Thus the NTSC TV standard chose an aspect ratio of 4:3 as it was the same, or close to the same, as the aspect ratio for most films.

When cinemas switched to widescreen, they tried a lot of techniques, but the two standards that developed was either anamorphically squeezing a 2.35:1 - 2.40:1 image onto the 1.37:1 frame, or cropping the 1.37:1 frame, typically to 1.66:1 or 1.85:1.

Note that I'm talking about standards for 35mm film. You could theoretically shoot a wide range of aspect ratios and image frames on 35mm film. However, most films stuck to the standards because that was what could be realistically projected on the most screens. For example, while most 35mm film standards run the film vertically through the camera and projector, VistaVision was shot running the film horizontally through the projector, at an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. However, most movies shot in VistaVision were projected from prints made to standard vertical 35mm film. As far as I know, there was never a film standard with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

In regards to transferring old TV shows and movies to HD, it's true that typically those that were shot on 35mm film had more detail on the film then could be shown in standard definition (SD) TV. Going back to the film sources and retransfering them to an HD format thus regains detail. However, these new transfers can't get an new image outside of the original image frame, so in most cases, changing the aspect ratio (say from 4:3 to the 16:9 of HDTVs) isn't possible without losing some image.

For video games, it's very different, since in most cases there's no pre-defined image, and most of the on-screen image is rendered on-the-fly. This is how games offer different resolutions. They take all the individual elements and render it for the given resolution as the game is running. So modifications like higher detail texture packs and higher resolutions are possible. The game simply takes the new elements and generates it for a new resolution.

For a change in aspect ratio in the game, it's a bit more complicated, but typically because of the UI. The UI may have been designed to fit a 4:3 frame, so rendering it in 16:10 or 16:9 may cause a UI element that is intended to appear in a corner to appear more in the middle of the screen. Still, mods are possible to re-arrange the UI for a new aspect ratio. As far as rendering in a new aspect ratio goes, the closest comparison to film would be some of the CGI Pixar films, such as A Bug's Life, where they went back an re-rendered some shots for the 4:3 "Full Frame" DVD of the film. in this case, the computer elements were always there out of frame, they were just re-rendered for the new aspect ratio.