SCI for ScummVM? Any news from the GSoC student and FreeSCI?

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Angelus3K wrote:KQ6 playable in ScummVM, now thats the dream!
KQ6 is SCI1 I think. FreeSCI only emulates SCI0.

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SCI1.1 actually.

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Don't mean to bump an old topic, but I've got a question. I know that this was a GSoC project and that jvprat has done some work on freesci integration in the past, but neither project was completed (I'm guessing).

I'm just curious if someone picked this back up, would this be accepted by the ScummVM team as a valid engine or is there something else going on behind that scenes (I'm assuming from the freesci team) keeping this from happening?

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Well, IIRC, integration is up to the FreeSCI team now. You should go and ask on their forums instead.

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FreeSCI is still far from perfect. I don't even consider it a viable alternative until all SCI versions are supported. The best support it has right now is SCI0 support (EGA games) and even that still has problems.

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For the time being, DOSBox is the best tool for the SCI games.

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MusicallyInspired wrote:FreeSCI is still far from perfect. I don't even consider it a viable alternative until all SCI versions are supported. The best support it has right now is SCI0 support (EGA games) and even that still has problems.
To "consider it an alternative" means you have another solution to emulate/interpret... So do you?

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Yes. It's this handy program called DOSBox that I mentioned earlier in the thread. And any stress that comes with getting everything in DOSBox working correctly is worth the 100% SCI game compatibility that FreeSCI doesn't have.

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DOSBox emulates DOS environment, not SCI.

It's a whole different ballgame.

There is no point comparing interpreting SCI with RUNNING the actual program.

SCUMMVM still needs to implement this interpreter.

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it's still an alternative way to play the games, whether it's on an emulator or with an interpreter.

and for the record, scummvm doesn't *need* to do anything.

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NLS wrote:DOSBox emulates DOS environment, not SCI.

It's a whole different ballgame.

There is no point comparing interpreting SCI with RUNNING the actual program.
That's not the point. SCI games work 100% in DOSBox. They do not work 100% in FreeSCI. And that's a perfectly valid point to compare interpreting SCI with running the actual program.

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NLS wrote:DOSBox emulates DOS environment, not SCI.

It's a whole different ballgame.

There is no point comparing interpreting SCI with RUNNING the actual program.

SCUMMVM still needs to implement this interpreter.
It's not really a whole different ball game, the aim is to run the games and running the original interpreter in an emulated DOS environment does that.

Whether you want to do that is a different matter.

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NLS wrote:DOSBox emulates DOS environment, not SCI.

It's a whole different ballgame.

There is no point comparing interpreting SCI with RUNNING the actual program.

SCUMMVM still needs to implement this interpreter.
I usually stay away from the "if you want it, you code it" statements, but what you demand is an incredible amount of work that you are wanting someone to do for free. There is no just add Free SCI to ScummVM and all SCI games will magically run in it. Even Free SCI doesn't support the majority of SCI games. There are so many variations of the SCI engines that games would have to be added one at a time.

Out side of the couple of Windows only SCI games, there is almost no SCI game that doesn't run easily and and smoothly in DOSBox. As wonderful as ScummVM is, DOSBox is still the classic gamer's best friend. Remember, The right tool for the right job. Use ScummVM for the supported games, DOSBox for all other DOS games.

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Looks like a future emulator will solve all problems...

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1 ... nline-news

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pncFreak wrote:Looks like a future emulator will solve all problems...

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1 ... nline-news
Reminds me of MESS

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