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Sorry it’s taken me this long to get back to the project, I had a good idea for a post but it didn’t work out and it sort of stalled everything.

Java

lp6-01Writing software for multiple platforms can be very difficult, partly down to the knowledge required, but mostly due to the extra time that’s needed.  So anything that makes the process easier, or in this case eliminates the problem, is a good thing.  Java is a software development platform that uses an extra layer of programming between the program and the computer.  This means that once the middle layer has a native version for an operating system (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, etc.) all software programmed in Java will work in that system.  It’s not (more…)

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I was a little late starting this week and didn’t have enough time to do what I had planned, naughty M_the_C.   But it did bring my attention to an often overlooked part of gaming, maintaining all those saved games that build up over time.

Backing up Saved Games

Some people are perfectly happy deleting all their saved games once they’ve completed a game, but I have a tendency to hoard them.  So what I’ve come up with is a very basic way of keeping a back-up of saves from all the games on your system.  It’s not perfect, what we could really do with is a dedicated program that knows the location of saves for all games and keeps an eye on changes. (more…)

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Back to running games in Wine this week.  If I keep up this pace I should be done in around a years time…

Peggle Extreme

Windows

peggle03Peggle Extreme is available to everyone for free through Steam.  It’s a special selection of stand-alone levels for Peggle based around Half-Life, Portal and Team Fortress 2, having originally been released for those who pre-ordered The Orange Box (ahhh, the memories). (more…)

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Yes, it’s late again I know, but I think you’ll agree that it was worth the delay.

Unreal Tournament 2004

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Steam

lp2-01Introduction

It’s not just games that affect Linux-based gaming, gamers also make use of a wide range of ancillary programs.  Standard ones like web browsers, download manager and system maintenance programs all have Linux counterparts, however in recent years there has been an increase in external programs specifically designed for gaming, and it’s all due to Digital Distribution. (more…)

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This is starting to become a habit…sorry it’s late folks.

For my first post I’m going to go through a few of the games I’m currently playing, this should provide a nice introduction and also be a useful test on Linux’s viability as a games platform.  But before I start with the regular layout, there are some things I should probably explain. (more…)

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gordon-freetuxminscOkay, maybe great is a bit of an overstatement when you compare my petty efforts to those of the people who are actually working constantly on improving Linux support, but it’s great for me.  Sorry for not posting yesterday, but as you can see this is a pretty big undertaking and I want to make sure that I get it right. (more…)

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