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Game: Frozen Synapse

December 1, 2013 Leave a comment

I found an excellent game in the Humble Store a few days ago called Frozen Synapse. This game was released in 2011 but I never heard of it before.

Frozen Synapse is a turn-based tactics video game developed by independent game developer Mode 7 Games, in which players plan their moves at their leisure and turns are resolved simultaneously. Players attempt to win by giving orders to a small squad of armed combatants, most commonly with the goal of eliminating all enemy units.” (via wikipedia)

Here is the trailer:

The design of the game is very similar to the games of Introversion Software (Uplink, Darwinia, Defcon). I guess the creators of this game are a huge fan of Introversion games :)

In theory it works under Linux too but I couldn’t make it run under my Ubuntu 13.10 yet. I had to try it under Windows.

Are you aware of similar games? If yes, please leave a comment.

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The Humble Store

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Visit https://www.humblebundle.com/store.

The Humble Store is a permanent addition to the Humble site that allows customers to buy great games at great prices 24/7 for PC, Mac, Linux and Android. The list of games is updated daily!

Today I bought for instance Euro Truck Simulator 2 for $6.25. Good bargain :)

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FTL: Faster than Light

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

The last weekend I was at the RuPy 2013 conference in Budapest, Hungary. It was awesome! I met lots of cool people who share the same interests as me. I had a great time.

During the conference some guys played a game that turned out to be FTL: Faster than Light. I also tried it and it’s really addictive :) It’s multi-platform; it runs flawlessly on my Linux box.

FTL

Some links:

Thanks Füli for showing me how to play this game :)

Update (20131111)
A free update is on its way! Teaser video here.

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Best movie/game techno soundtracks

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Here I collect my favourite soundtracks. The entries come in no particular order. The list is not final, it will be extended over time.

Movies

Games

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Uplink: the game

April 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Uplink_1I play very rarely but this week we had a holiday and I tried Darwinia (2005) from Introversion. It was a mistake because now I must try their other games too :) Yes, thay are that awesome!

The first game from Introversion was Uplink, which has become a cult hacker simulator. “It is best described as a simulator of the cinematic depiction of computer hacking.” It was released in 2001. It’s a shame that I heard about it 12 years later but later is still better than never…

Linux
The game is available on Linux in Steam. However, I had a problem with the resolution. The game started with a different resolution and in the middle of the tutorial I couldn’t click on some icons, this event was not recognized by the software. From the command line you can start the game with any resolution so with the following launcher script I could solve the problem:

# uplink.sh (I use 1920x1080 resolution under Linux)
cd /opt/Steam/SteamApps/common/Uplink
./uplink.bin.x86_64 '!graphics_screenwidth' 1920 '!graphics_screenheight' 1080

How to get started
The game has a built-in tutorial that explains the basics. Then go through the Ultimate Uplink Guide, which explains everything :) You can also look at some YouTube videos if you get stuck with some advanced missions. Here is a short walkthrough too.

Soundtrack
The game has a very nice soundtrack. My favourite song is The Blue Valley, which is the perfect “hacker song” in my opinion :) But you can listen to the whole soundtrack too.

Related Movies

Links

Save Game
There is no “save game” option. If you get caught, it’s over. But there is a solution :) Your game state is saved to ~/.uplink, so all you have to do is quit the game regularly and make a backup of this directory. The game starts instantly so you don’t lose much time with this. But if you die and you need to restart from scratch, well… that’s annoying. I made a little backup script. It makes a copy of the ~/.uplink directory in the current folder and adds a timestamp to it. I put it in ~/backup. I suggest keeping several backups because in the game you are not caught immediately. You may continue to play for several in-game days when the black screen of death appears.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import os
import shutil
from datetime import datetime

UPLINK_DIR = "{home}/.uplink".format(home=os.path.expanduser('~'))

def get_timestamp_from_year_to_second():
    """A compact timestamp."""
    now = datetime.now()
    date = datetime.date(now)
    time = datetime.time(now)
    template = "{year}_{month:02}_{day:02}_{hour:02}{minute:02}{second:02}"
    return template.format(year=date.year, month=date.month, day=date.day,
                           hour=time.hour, minute=time.minute, second=time.second)

def main():
    dest = "uplink_{timestamp}".format(timestamp=get_timestamp_from_year_to_second())
    shutil.copytree(UPLINK_DIR, dest)

#############################################################################

if __name__ == "__main__":
    main()

Extra Stuff

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Darwinia: the game

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

darwinia-visual-paradox-first-photos-11253Darwinia is a 2005 real-time tactics and real-time strategy video game for several platforms. It is the second game developed by Introversion Software, and its setting is within a computer environment that simulates artificial intelligence.” (from wikipedia)

I bought Darwinia on Steam last Christmas on a sale but I tried it this week. And I’m amazed! It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played with. The graphic and design are similar to the world of Tron, but it’s a real-time strategy. It runs on Linux too, I played it with 1920 x 1080 resolution. And this masterpiece was developed by 4 guys as I read it somewhere…

There is a tutorial system built in, so anybody can learn it :) Some tips though:

  • Upgrade something all the time. When you get to the last levels, the only chance to survive if you are powered up. So when you get a notification that an upgrade is done, start another immediately. Some upgrades take a lot of time. By the time you reach Biosphere, your green men should be able to defend themselves, otherwise they will be massacred.
  • Learn to use the armor, it will be a huge help and some enemies cannot be killed otherwise. Right clicking on an armor you can select an action: load, unload, stop loading. Put some green men in it (they will be the operators) and right click on a ground point. Here the armor will transform into a turret. Don’t deploy the turret too close to red men because they can overtake the gun and turn it against you! The armor can go over anything: sea, mountain, nothing can stop it :)
  • If you take the focus off of a squad (with space), it will defend itself automatically.
  • Spiders can be destroyed with grenades or rockets. Rocket is easier to use against spiders so upgrade this skill to increase range.
  • There is a level called Escort. It can be done with zero kills :)
  • Darwinians (the little green men) can climb up a hill. In water they drown.
  • If you finished the game and later you want to play on a custom level, do the following: edit the file ~/.darwinia/full/preferences.txt and modify this line: “UserProfile = AccessAllAreas“. Now you can play any level.

Links

Videos

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Quake Live

I just tried Quake Live on Ubuntu. Works fine. I wish Serious Sam were available too in the browser…

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