Update: everything working great https://files.transmom.love/video/valhalla02.webm
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One more thing: You can't change the audio sink of the game on pulseaudio, which is bad for the streaming I wanted to do. This turns out to be unrelated to the problems above; it's due to the game have a locked setting on OpenAL, and it can be changed by adding the following to ~/.alsoftrc ：
Installing on Linux in 2021 (Debian buster):
The provided package depends on external libraries, which makes things hard especially because they’re i386 (32-bit) not amd64 (64-bit) libraries.
I needed to do this:
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update
sudo apt install zlib1g:i386 libxxf86vm1:i386 libgl1:i386 libopenal1:i386 libssl-dev:i386 libxrandr2:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386
Then there’s one library that runs a very old version (libssl 1.0.0) and we need to get it manually:
sudo dpkg -i libssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u12_i386.deb
This works but without sound, what’s missing is Pulseaudio support for i386:
sudo apt install libpulse0:i386
Note: for some reason the above install removed a lot of my standard (amd64) Pulseaudio and Gnome stuff. I just reinstalled everything it removed, and it kept both the i386 library and the normal one, with both audios working.
At this point the game at last seems to work, but with all these old dependencies I don’t know if it will last. Will report here later, but it might be safer to just make a chroot or virtual machine from 2017 to run the game in.
Running on linux log (wine-4.0):
On trying to run, the game asked for something called an "RPGVXAce RTP". This could be downloaded from the RPG Maker website and installed on Wine without further issue. The game then ran ok, as far as I can tell, with graphics, sound and controls all seemingly working. The only issue is that the window is really tiny in hDPI, and I couldn't find a way to fullscreen; workaround was to lower the screen resolution to a very low setting (using xrandr) so that the text was legible.
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