terça-feira, 12 de Fevereiro de 2013

Gargantuan Pack Gets Even More Gargantuany!


(let me know if the link doesn't work, I'm new to this Dropbox thing)


I recently bought an iPod touch so I could play IF on the move. So that prompted me to add all the Glulx games I add to my mobile collection, and to include some PDFs and even the web-based games I had been able to download (as the iPod touch can run those).

The result is the collection I now bring to you. You should know it's 1.9Gb, and I chose Dropbox because I hear it's the best free filesharing system currently out there, especially for such files as big as this.

The following caveats/notes apply:

* Included in this pack are English, French, Spanish and Italian games. When translations were available, I gave preference to the original language - if it's not English and an english version is available, both are supplied. If it's a foreign translation of an English game, I scrapped the translation. If both versions are non-English, chances are I kept both.
 * Blorbed files are kept blorbed, unlike my previous collection, because my interpreter of choice - iFrotz - can read them.
 * Playfic games - apart from Nautilisia, and maybe some other high-profile game or two - are NOT included, because until the author of Playfic (an otherwise superb utility) deigns to allow us access to older works, it's impossible to fully sort and collect them. So I'm not trying.
 * This is a personal collection. As such, you'll find a few artifacts, like used saved games, or extraneous files.
 * Includes Infocom, Scott Adams and Phoenix/Topologika games. As far as I know, the documentation is included - at least, as much as I could find.
    * And speaking of Scott Adams, a work of caution - Savage Island Pt 1 is sadly known to suffer from a faulty conversion and is unwinnable in its Inform form. Worse yet, God knows how many other Scott Adams games suffered from the same fate. Play at your own risk (but that's a standard caveat for any SA game, anyway)
 * If this pack is not, at this date, complete, please do let me know. Please do.
 * Be aware that some games will not work with some interpreters, and I expect some of these might not work in any mobile environment at all. But if you just want a huge collection for your desktop, then you should be a-OK.
 * If some games are not up to date... well, blame the author for not announcing it properly. I tried to be as up-to-date as possible. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find the latest versions of some games, particularly French games. And those that come in Glulx format and ZCode format, where the ZCode release number is higher than the Glulx one? Nightmarish.
 * z6 games ARE included. This is because the maintainer of iFrotz has stated that he would like to support this format, in the future, and I thought I'd might as well make sure the games are there when he did!
 * I don't plan on updating this list - it's not supposed to be an archive, just something I finished today and wanted to share. In case, you know, someone else had the hankering for a complete collection of games for their mobile. Could happen. Maybe.
 * Naturally, this collection is about 1% masterpieces, 14% great pieces, and 60% solid crap (with the remainder going between great and not so great. Also, I'm guesstimating like hell). Be warned.
 * Also included are the games known as the "University of Michigan Dearborn CIS 487 games" (see http://groups.engin.umd.umich.edu/CIS/course.des/cis487/z5/index.php). I don't know anything about them, but I can guess that they are end-of-term projects from students. I haven't played them all but I've played enough to say that none are spectacular, and quite a few are atrocious - but mostly because it seems the authors aren't really as familiar with IF conventions as they should be. Taking that in mind, it should be possible to appreciate some of these pieces.
 * There is an utility for "ZCoding" Quill/PAW games (once-popular game-authoring systems for Spectrum and Commodore). I tried it out once. It didn't work very well for me, and besides, who knows how much those games rely on their graphics, which were lost in the conversion. So I chose not to "ZCodify" them... but if I had, you can bet they'd be here too.
 * Currently, there may be some AIF games missing, as I only realised a couple of days ago that my AIF collection wasn't entirely complete (I didn't know about the ERIN Newsletter page). Also, I haven't included "Flexible Survival" because that one is currently being updated at a very quick pace which shows no signs of slowing down.

Well... enjoy. :) If you have a mobile interpreter which can play these (I reccommend iFrotz if you can, coupled with FileApp and DiskAid, which is how my collection is organised) have fun! If not, you may still wish to download this as it's, AFAIK, a complete list of Inform/Glulx games.

And again, if you find an omission... do, please, do let me know.

2 comentários:

  1. Dropbox doesn't like all the traffic you're generating.

    Why not make a BitTorrent for this?

  2. I've made one, I'm now looking into putting it somewhere. I'm new to torrents... can I put it in Rapidshare, or some such?