For Xmas I bought an Xbox 360 (wired) controller for me. It’s really good :) It works well under Windows but how to use it under Manjaro?
When I started Manjaro, the led on the central button (“ring of light”) was blinking and the controller didn’t work. I tried it with some games on Steam but nothing happened. Then I noticed that if I unplug and reconnect the controller, then it starts working :) Actually, the cord has an inline release and it’s simpler to disconnect and reconnect this inline release. After this the led stopped blinking and its second quadrant started to glow.
Now the controller worked with the games but I could also move the mouse pointer with the controller. It was disturbing in the games so I had to create the following file:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "joystick catchall" MatchIsJoystick "on" MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" Driver "joystick" Option "StartKeysEnabled" "False" #Disable mouse Option "StartMouseEnabled" "False" #support EndSection
Restart the machine and you are done. Some tutorials suggest the “xboxdrv” package but I didn’t need that. The kernel in Manjaro includes the “xpad” kernel module and it worked well for me.
There was another problem: while I was playing, after some time the screensaver kicked in. The “caffeine-ng” package solved this issue (see also this post).
- Gamepad @ ArchWiki
I don’t play much but a few days ago I decided to play with Heroes 3 again. GOG.com offers the complete package for less than $10. There is a new HD version but the critics are not very good. Everyone says that the original is much better.
I tried it with Wine and I could install it without any problems. The game worked well for 10 minutes, but then I couldn’t click on some buttons, there was a problem with the mouse handling, so the game became unplayable.
I have dual-boot on my machine but I didn’t want to restart it each time I wanted to play this game. But I also had a Windows 7 in VirtualBox. I use that for work, so I didn’t want to pollute it with games. So I made a linked clone about this virtual machine. It means that the linked clone requires the original image and it only registers the differences. Thus, a linked clone doesn’t require much space. In this linked clone I installed Heroes 3 and it was playable. However, there were some problems with the resolution. The game has a fixed resolution of 800 x 600, so it started in a small area. I wanted to stretch it to fullscreen, so switched on the “Scale Mode” under the “View” menu point of VirtualBox. It was fine on one of my machines, but on another one it bacame terribly pixelated. Upgrading VirtualBox from version 5.0.0 to 5.0.8 solved this issue.
Summary: I can play Heroes 3 again under Linux using VirtualBox. The resolution of Windows is set to 800 x 600 and “Scaled Mode” is activated in VirtualBox.
- Let’s Play Heroes of Might & Magic III (tutorial and walkthroughs by boardgamergirl)
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.
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 :)
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 HQ
- FTL @wikipedia
- buy @Steam
- cheats (I tried one cheat only: disable rebel fleet pursuit. This way you don’t have to run through each galaxy, you have enought time to discover every planet and level up your ship.)
Thanks Füli for showing me how to play this game :)
A free update is on its way! Teaser video here.
Here I collect my favourite soundtracks. The entries come in no particular order. The list is not final, it will be extended over time.
- Mortal Kombat (half of the songs are metal that I don’t like but the other half is techno) [sample: Control]
- Hackers (orgasm for the ears :)) [sample: Cowgirl]
- Tron 2 [full soundtrack]
- Lola rennt (English title: Run Lola Run) [sample: Running One]
- The Matrix
- Quentin Tarantino’s movies (not techno but he has a good taste for choosing songs)
- Requiem for a Dream [theme song]