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Fan makes Psychonauts Steam patch available for all 02 Oct, 2011 / 18 comments

As noted by Benny on the forums, some enterprising fellow has adapted the recent Psychonauts Steam update into a patch for all other PC versions of the games (meaning retail and digital versions from non-Steam vendors) so that we too may enjoy the enhancements.

Download the patch, which may or may not blow up your computer, here.

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    Voodooman on 13 Nov, 2012, 20:45…
    Hey guys, just stop arguing about patch please, i just registered to tell this

    Im almost done testing Psychonauts patch 1.06 for retail, gog and other non-steam versions. Going to be published on that link you have in news, or on official double fine forums, here
    http://www.doublefine.com/forums/viewthread/4949/

    Also i did few more patches for game, PsychoPad (adds x360 ui), PsychoWide (adds proper widescreen support, not released yet, atm only loading screens and FMV movies are fixed) and PsychoGDF (adds officially looking game definition file to game explorer, and fixes Rundll32.exe infinite loop, that prevents game from starting offline).
    All of that could be done by DF, and long ago, when i just released some of these patches, i was a little frustrated myself because DF did not do it, and i even said some harsh words which i regret now.
    This quote of my words about "lazy port" is one of that harsh things i regret.

    I started from blaming DF Nathan for not giving game proper support, and then we had friendly conversation in private after which i changed my mind.
    I cant tell everything, but short version is:
    DF is not such a big company as you may think, and to survive in indie state it always have some projects in production and everyone there just super busy, and they simply have no time to concentrate on game of 2005 year.
    But i can tell you that some more updates will come out later, and that we had conversation about official adaptation of some of my unofficial fixes into game, and its not me was pushing this, but DF showed interest, which mean that despite they have no time to do such thing internally, they do care about their game and customers and appreciate any external help.
    You can expect to see later official xbox 360 controller ui and better generic gamepad ui, as well proper widescreen support, cant tell you when this may happen, because everyone is very busy we are still discussing that possibility.

    Also there are talks about releasing Psychonauts sourcecodes under GPL, and im pushing hard on mod tools request, so they thinking about making that possible.

    So, you should not really blame BF for not releasing patch officially , after all i tried to make patch officially looking and it includes all official updates, so just pretend that its official and enjoy updated game ;-) Also, if DF was trying to rip everyone off, they would remove my unofficial patch and would tell me to not doing again, because it messing with their EVIL business plans to force entire world to pay twice for their game... but instead they encouraging people on official forums to download it, almost like official one, and discussing with me about making some fixes official. Dont you think, it proves that you was wrong about DF intentions ?
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    clone2727 on 07 Oct, 2011, 00:36…
    I actually had a lot more written here, but in the end I realize being frustrated with you is not worth the effort and it's not worth any more of my time coming here and arguing with you about something you said that I feel is so stupid.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 06 Oct, 2011, 19:43…

    clone2727

    I never said they wanted to rip people off, but it doesn't mean they're not doing it.



    Actually, you specifically said that DF were screwing you over, and deliberately coercing you into buying a new version of the game.

    But, if you understand they have perfect valid reasons for, as you put it, "ripping people off", why are you so upset with them?

    If they really wanted to rip people off, all they had to do was call this new version "Psychonauts: Special Edition", and force everyone to buy it. Instead they gave it away for free for the most common version of the game.

    Yes, it sucks to have been left out, but you do have the fan-made patch, so why are you so angry with them? All I suggested was paying for the work they've done, simply because it's pretty much unprecedented for a software company to still be supporting a game six years after its release. Also, they happen to be a very cool company who isn't doing well financially. I'd personally like to see them continue making games for as long as possible.

    I don't think that's unreasonable. (I know several people who bought multiple copies of the original Psychonauts just to try and support DF.)

    clone2727

    Actually, yes. I do expect them to update every version. It's called supporting the software that you release. In the civilized world, that's what people do. I don't know where you come from.



    Jesus, this is just getting childish and nasty now. Obviously I come from somewhere highly uncivilized. Whereas you come from a planet where every software company supports games they released six years ago, including, apparently, PlayStation 2 and XBox games.

    Actually, your planet sounds nicer. Could I come visit sometime? On second thoughts, is everyone there as angry as you?

    clone2727

    No, my frustration has nothing to do with Double Fine. It has to do with you suggesting to people to re-buy the game instead of using the patch, which is the stupidest thing I ever heard of.



    Now this is just getting silly. You're now claiming don't care that DF haven't released the patch for your system? Whatever.
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    clone2727 on 06 Oct, 2011, 15:17…

    ThunderPeel2001

    I haven't been "ripped off" and Double Fine are not trying to "coerce" anyone. This isn't "Psychonauts: Special Edition", this is a free update to (what is most likely) the most popular version of the game. Just because they didn't offer an update to *your* version doesn't mean they're "screwing over" anyone.

    No, it does. It means they're screwing over people who aren't getting the update. That's kind of the whole leaving out thing.

    ThunderPeel2001

    It's more than likely that lack of money is the reason they haven't offered a patch for the original PC CD-ROM version. Not because they want to rip anyone off.

    I never said they wanted to rip people off, but it doesn't mean they're not doing it.

    ThunderPeel2001

    And given the chances that they could only update one version, it makes sense for them to update the most active/popular one. I mean you don't expect them to update *every* version, do you? They have to draw the line somewhere, so it makes sense they would only update the most popular and active one. (Forget about the "original fans", though, I feel more sorry for people who recently bought the GOG version. Those guys got more screwed if you ask me.)

    Actually, yes. I do expect them to update every version. It's called supporting the software that you release. In the civilized world, that's what people do. I don't know where you come from. Well, sure, there's a cut-off point in time that I can understand. But that doesn't mean "work on one version that's the same as another version but then not work on the other one for no real reason",

    ThunderPeel2001

    Anyways, while I appreciate your frustration, I don't believe DF are being half as evil as you say they are. I haven't been ripped off, they're not screwing people over, and I don't understand how buying the same thing twice is the "stupidest thing I ever heard of".

    No, my frustration has nothing to do with Double Fine. It has to do with you suggesting to people to re-buy the game instead of using the patch, which is the stupidest thing I ever heard of.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 06 Oct, 2011, 13:01…
    I haven't been "ripped off" and Double Fine are not trying to "coerce" anyone. This isn't "Psychonauts: Special Edition", this is a free update to (what is most likely) the most popular version of the game. Just because they didn't offer an update to *your* version doesn't mean they're "screwing over" anyone.

    It's more than likely that lack of money is the reason they haven't offered a patch for the original PC CD-ROM version. Not because they want to rip anyone off.

    And given the chances that they could only update one version, it makes sense for them to update the most active/popular one. I mean you don't expect them to update *every* version, do you? They have to draw the line somewhere, so it makes sense they would only update the most popular and active one. (Forget about the "original fans", though, I feel more sorry for people who recently bought the GOG version. Those guys got more screwed if you ask me.)

    Anyways, while I appreciate your frustration, I don't believe DF are being half as evil as you say they are. I haven't been ripped off, they're not screwing people over, and I don't understand how buying the same thing twice is the "stupidest thing I ever heard of".
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    clone2727 on 05 Oct, 2011, 03:16…

    ThunderPeel2001

    Psychonauts was already on Steam before they released the patch (it's been there since 2006, actually). Those that purchased it previously on Steam got this new version and the Mac version completely for free.

    Heh. And they didn't even port the game, they just used a Wine wrapper -- which is what I said I would do to play my original version on the Mac anyway:

    Voodooman

    Steamplay mac version is lazy "Port", actually not even port, its a cheap trick - Windows version of exe and dlls packed into commercial mod of Wine called Cider (thats actully shit used by many companies to make a cheap Mac version) so game simply wrapped into emulator and this could be done in one day by anyone - i myself did such a Mac "ports" of several Windows games. Now guess how badly it hurts performance and stability of Mac version.

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    clone2727 on 05 Oct, 2011, 02:02…

    ThunderPeel2001

    Psychonauts was already on Steam before they released the patch (it's been there since 2006, actually). Those that purchased it previously on Steam got this new version and the Mac version completely for free.

    All the more reason why they should support the non-Steam version, it's only a year difference. And, no, they didn't get the Mac version for free; they got it for what they paid for the Steam version.

    ThunderPeel2001

    If you don't want these new "useless features", just don't buy them (or complain that you don't have them). If you don't want to help and support a small independent games company by making a small donation in return for a (slightly) newer version of their old game, then don't. Getting upset with me isn't going to change my mind, any more than I'm going to change yours.

    I won't buy them! In fact, that's the whole purpose of this patch! But you decided you wanted to try to convince people that buying the Steam version was better, which I disagreed with.

    ThunderPeel2001

    Those that want to support DF will do just that. And we have.

    And so have I. I bought Psychonauts before Steam.

    ThunderPeel2001

    Sometimes buying something twice isn't about being ripped off.

    Yes, it always is. That comes with the territory of buying something twice. It's the "twice" part.

    ThunderPeel2001

    I think most users bought the game because they wanted to play it, not because they wanted to help out DF.

    Yes, but you wanted people to buy it to help out DF. You said it yourself -- "I think you should support DF..."

    ThunderPeel2001

    Regardless of that, the difference now is that DF finally own Psychonauts themselves. If you buy it now, they are getting the money directly. Not Majesco (or whoever bought Majsco's assets) or some other publishing company handing out royalties to DF -- the people who actually made the game.

    That's certainly something that helps tip the scales for me. Although you may not care.

    No, of course that doesn't make a difference -- now Valve just gets a portion of the profit instead of Majesco.

    ThunderPeel2001

    I never said bugs in products shouldn't be fixed past a certain point, I said that it was extremely unusual for a game's company to release bug fixes for a game that old. I was pointing out that DF are actually doing something rather cool and unusual.

    No, but you did say that one could buy the game instead of using the patch, which is what started this entire thread.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 05 Oct, 2011, 00:06…

    clone2727

    No, you're absolutely right. Let's just forget about any previous release of the game and make believe it doesn't exist. ***MIND WIPE*** There, now every one can buy the game again because we put it on Steam, added a couple new useless features, and threw in a Mac port. But, you're right, I should give money to a company that decided to screw over their original fans with those that decided to shell out money for the updated version of the same product.



    Psychonauts was already on Steam before they released the patch (it's been there since 2006, actually). Those that purchased it previously on Steam got this new version and the Mac version completely for free.

    If you don't want these new "useless features", just don't buy them (or complain that you don't have them). If you don't want to help and support a small independent games company by making a small donation in return for a (slightly) newer version of their old game, then don't. Getting upset with me isn't going to change my mind, any more than I'm going to change yours.

    Those that want to support DF will do just that. And we have.

    Sometimes buying something twice isn't about being ripped off.

    clone2727

    But, you're right, I should just let Double Fine screw me over and coerce me into buy a new version "to help them" instead of offering the patch themselves to previous users who did buy the game to help out Double Fine..



    I think most users bought the game because they wanted to play it, not because they wanted to help out DF.

    Regardless of that, the difference now is that DF finally own Psychonauts themselves. If you buy it now, they are getting the money directly. Not Majesco (or whoever bought Majsco's assets) or some other publishing company handing out royalties to DF -- the people who actually made the game.

    That's certainly something that helps tip the scales for me. Although you may not care.

    clone2727

    And, also, you're right about another thing. Bugs in products shouldn't be fixed past a certain point. You want six years to be the cut-off? I guess Windows XP only had six years of patches then.



    I never said bugs in products shouldn't be fixed past a certain point, I said that it was extremely unusual for a game's company to release bug fixes for a game that old. I was pointing out that DF are actually doing something rather cool and unusual.
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    Jason on 04 Oct, 2011, 23:11…
    Thank goodness the Cook Chase didn't retire before this news post.
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    clone2727 on 04 Oct, 2011, 19:33…

    ThunderPeel2001

    Yeah, who the fuck to Double Fine think they are not updating and fixing bugs in EVERY version of the game that's six years old? Every other company does that, don't they? And what's this with releasing a free version for the Mac? I DON'T OWN A MAC. They should release a new version for free for a system *I* own. In fact, Tim Schafer and Erik Wolpaw should come to my house and do chores around my house in penance for their behavior. Bastards.

    No, you're absolutely right. Let's just forget about any previous release of the game and make believe it doesn't exist. ***MIND WIPE*** There, now every one can buy the game again because we put it on Steam, added a couple new useless features, and threw in a Mac port. But, you're right, I should give money to a company that decided to screw over their original fans with those that decided to shell out money for the updated version of the same product.

    Oh? LucasArts re-released Loom, The Dig and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Steam? ***MIND WIPE*** I'll just buy them again to help the company! It's not like I can play the games in DOSBox or ScummVM!

    Doom was re-released as Ultimate Doom. But I already own this game! ***MIND W... Oh wait a second. They did allow you to get a patch upgrade to Ultimate Doom. But, you're right, I should just let Double Fine screw me over and coerce me into buy a new version "to help them" instead of offering the patch themselves to previous users who did buy the game to help out Double Fine.

    And, also, you're right about another thing. Bugs in products shouldn't be fixed past a certain point. You want six years to be the cut-off? I guess Windows XP only had six years of patches then.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 04 Oct, 2011, 17:29…

    clone2727

    In fact, I think that Double Fine should support me, a consumer who bought the game before it was put on Steam.



    Yeah, who the fuck to Double Fine think they are not updating and fixing bugs in EVERY version of the game that's six years old? Every other company does that, don't they? And what's this with releasing a free version for the Mac? I DON'T OWN A MAC. They should release a new version for free for a system *I* own. In fact, Tim Schafer and Erik Wolpaw should come to my house and do chores around my house in penance for their behavior. Bastards.
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    clone2727 on 04 Oct, 2011, 13:48…

    ThunderPeel2001

    I dunno. I quite enjoyed parts of the Monkey Island Special Editions.

    I have no interest in those games. The originals were so good, that they don't need that extra crap. However, that's almost like buying a completely different game, and I wouldn't put them in the same category and those would be worth the extra money I put into them.

    The only time I buy a game more than once is to add support for other versions in ScummVM or I lost my original copy.

    ThunderPeel2001

    I appreciate that not everyone can afford to buy a game twice, but if you can, I think you should support DF... especially since this is one of the greatest games ever played, and it's very cheap. Also, the achievements add a surprising amount to the game. I've already discovered things I wouldn't have if it wasn't for them.

    It's not that I don't have the money to buy it twice, it's the principle of the thing. I paid for it once, I shouldn't have to pay for it a second time for a couple of fixes and useless Steam additions. Period.

    In fact, I think that Double Fine should support me, a consumer who bought the game before it was put on Steam.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 04 Oct, 2011, 12:47…

    clone2727

    Buying a game twice is the stupidest thing I ever heard of. I refuse to buy any game twice. I'd rather work out a way to emulate the platform than to buy the game again. I paid good money too buy the game in the first place, those companies should still support me without me buying the product a second time; I don't care what company it is.



    I dunno. I quite enjoyed parts of the Monkey Island Special Editions.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 04 Oct, 2011, 12:46…
    I appreciate that not everyone can afford to buy a game twice, but if you can, I think you should support DF... especially since this is one of the greatest games ever played, and it's very cheap. Also, the achievements add a surprising amount to the game. I've already discovered things I wouldn't have if it wasn't for them.
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    clone2727 on 04 Oct, 2011, 12:02…

    ThunderPeel2001

    Or you could just buy the game again on Steam and get the Steam achievements and Steam Cloud saves... and, you know, support Double Fine.

    Buying a game twice is the stupidest thing I ever heard of. I refuse to buy any game twice. I'd rather work out a way to emulate the platform than to buy the game again. I paid good money too buy the game in the first place, those companies should still support me without me buying the product a second time; I don't care what company it is.

    Also, I could give a rat's ass about steam achievements and steam cloud saves.
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    Alex IDV on 04 Oct, 2011, 07:06…

    ThunderPeel2001

    Or you could just buy the game again on Steam and get the Steam achievements and Steam Cloud saves... and, you know, support Double Fine.

    ThunderPeel2001

    Or you could just buy the game again on Steam and get the Steam achievements and Steam Cloud saves... and, you know, support Double Fine.


    Not everyone has the money to buy a game twice.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 03 Oct, 2011, 23:47…
    Or you could just buy the game again on Steam and get the Steam achievements and Steam Cloud saves... and, you know, support Double Fine.
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    koosjebig on 03 Oct, 2011, 17:34…
    Proof of how great double fine is:

    http://www.iheartchaos.com/post/10979610401/why-doublefine-is-the-greatest-game-company-ever

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