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you reply answers some of my concerns but not all
and points in the right direction to find more related info
but sadly not yet entirely solved
the command way to find version did nothing,
you could give me a usage example but i think i did it right…
since i tried various ways and the wrong ways gave error…
but the index of godot versions was very helpful
because i can estimate from release dates what version might have been used in 2020
so i have godot 2 and godot 3 games, i can also pinpoint their exact version
the ones who do work are godot 2 with preference for opengl 2
those who do not work seem godot 3 and may require openg gl 3 or maybe higher?
they should work in similar ways since they are similar graphics
but before the game starts it checks for whatever opengl version it thinks it needs
and gives generic error that open gl is non existent or too low
so i will need command line or shortcut arguments to make it work…
it is likely why the games do not work anymore
i had to reinstall os and did not think to save the shortcuts
but it seems the shortcuts to run the games were custom made too
i found something similar to what i need
program.exe -video-driver GLES2
but this does not prevent the exe to check the gl version first,
so for now it still errs and won’t start
if there’s a better way please let me know
also if there are no runtimes like ace maker and others have,
maybe there was something else,
perhaps games made in 3 have the 2 included
and are backwards compatible in same game exe?
but what argument is proper to use there if that’s the case?