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SCI Win/Dos

Post by neosmagus » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:16 pm

when I add my Sierra games, I often get the option to choose between Win and Dos versions. Which is the preferred option? What, if any, are the differences?

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Post by md5 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:14 pm

The Windows CD versions of SQ4, KQ5, Jones and EcoQuest all feature alternative General MIDI tracks, that were specifically targeted for Windows.

The Windows CD version of KQ6 had upscaled graphics to 640x440, and some hires graphics for the interface - same as GK1

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Post by neosmagus » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:26 pm

Thanks for the info! ;)

So the consensus is that, given a choice, the Windows version is the better one?

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Post by md5 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:36 pm

Usually, yes. Try both versions and judge for yourself :)

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Post by MusicallyInspired » Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:01 am

I always prefer the DOS versions. KQ6 is the only advantage really in Windows seeing as it has the hi-res graphics. For the rest there really isn't much difference. But try them out as has been said and decide for yourself. KQ5 actually has some alternate music tracks in the Windows version. I mean, they're all technically alternate, but the music compositions themselves change a little in the Windows version. But on the whole I still prefer the DOS versions.

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Post by Collector » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:23 am

neosmagus wrote:Thanks for the info! ;)

So the consensus is that, given a choice, the Windows version is the better one?
I wouldn't say that. Out side of KQ6, the only difference for some is, as MI said, some variations in the music. Even GK1 had the upscaled graphics in DOS, if you used the VESA driver. The Windows versions have usually been buggier than the DOS versions. In some of the later SCI games that used video files, the windows interpreter rendered them better, but these games are not yet supported by ScummVM. KQ6 and these later games are what I am most grateful that SCI is being incorporated into ScummVM.

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Post by OmerMor » Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:40 am

(Excluding KQ6)I prefer the DOS versions with the MT32 music (via the excellent MUNT emulator). I find the General MIDI windows soundtrack to be inferior.

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Post by tsoliman » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:35 pm

OmerMor wrote:(Excluding KQ6)I prefer the DOS versions with the MT32 music (via the excellent MUNT emulator).
Or, you know, via your actual MT32.

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Post by OmerMor » Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:21 am

I actually do own a MT32, but since MUNT is nearly 100% accurate these days, I don't bother connecting it anymore. All those wires are a nuance.

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Post by envisaged0ne » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:46 am

Okie, I'll bite. I have a real mt-32 and have just been using it. Have had it way back when KQ4 came out! But everyone keeps saying how amazing MUNT is. Can someone stear me to the right place where I can try it out? I'm really curious to see how it works

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Post by Collector » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:58 am

I have not updated the installer in a while, but you can install it and then grab the latest from the github and copy over the MT32EMU.DLL in the system32 folder.

http://sierrahelp.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=2370

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Post by OmerMor » Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:39 pm

sergm (one of the authors) is maintaining updated downloads here: https://github.com/sergm/munt_devel/downloads
you'll find there the latest driver, a gui installer, and a munt-embedded-dosbox.

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Post by envisaged0ne » Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:33 pm

Thanks for your help! Got it up and working easily enough. It truly sounds almost 100% accurate to the real MT-32. I'm amazed how much progress has been made!

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Post by fischkopf » Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:05 pm

md5 wrote:The Windows CD versions of SQ4, KQ5, Jones and EcoQuest all feature alternative General MIDI tracks, that were specifically targeted for Windows.

The Windows CD version of KQ6 had upscaled graphics to 640x440, and some hires graphics for the interface - same as GK1
Police Quest 4 has also some hires graphics.

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Post by Collector » Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:40 am

fischkopf wrote:
md5 wrote:The Windows CD versions of SQ4, KQ5, Jones and EcoQuest all feature alternative General MIDI tracks, that were specifically targeted for Windows.

The Windows CD version of KQ6 had upscaled graphics to 640x440, and some hires graphics for the interface - same as GK1
Police Quest 4 has also some hires graphics.
Which the DOS version has, too, via the VESA driver.

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