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Steam API

March 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Let’s take this game: Fallout: New Vegas. How to get data about it using the Steam API?


Unfortunately it doesn’t contain the overall review of the game (“very positive”, “overwhelmingly positive”, etc.).


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[windows] Xpadder: play any game with your controller

December 29, 2017 Leave a comment

Xpadder allows you to map keyboard keys and mouse button actions to your game controller buttons. Xpadder also allows you to map the mouse pointer to your game controller sticks. Xpadder can also handle combinations, sequences, toggles, triggers, shift sets, multiple controllers and more.” (source)

So, if you have a game that doesn’t support controllers, then with the help of Xpadder you can still use your favorite controller.

These two videos will give a good introduction to the program:

Short press: A; long press: B (from the advanced tutorial)


What are set selectors? I found a good explanation under this video by Hugo Freitas. I copy his answer here:

For those who couldn’t understand, i’ll explain: Xpadder does not directly support the scheme of pressing two buttons for one keyboard stroke (Under the circumstances of using One Set Only), So what happens in order to make this possible is a sort of trick: Xpadder divides it’s variety of commands on different sets (those sets are clearly noticeable on the bottom side of the software window). If a person wants to perform a command requiring two buttons, What such person needs to understand, is that the first button usually works as an “enabler”, so the Second Button can have it’s behavior changed to perform the command.

In order to make things more comprehensible, i’ll give an example: In Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, there’s a trick called “Caveman”, on the ps2 version, in order to perform such command, the player needs to hold “L1” then press “R1” (Note that L1 being held acts like an “enabler” , so the R1 can have it’s behavior changed to perform the trick). For instance However, in the PC version of the game, all the player needs to do is press “E” on the Keyboard.

Given this Situation, In order to reproduce the “L1 + R1” combination on Xpadder, what you need to do is select the “L1” button, click on it, go to the “Advanced” > “Set Selector” and choose: “Selects Set 2 while HELD”, as a consequence, when holding “L1” button, it will switch to/enable the Second Set which will have empty assignments, and while holding “L1” down, select “R1” button, click on it and assign the “E” button to it.

And that’s it, Regardless the controller you’re using, if it’s compatible with Xpadder, I believe the Set Selector will work on all of them.” (quote from Hugo Freitas)

I collect here the profiles that I made / customized. The profiles can be found here.

  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2
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[manjaro] xbox 360 controller

December 31, 2015 Leave a comment

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:

/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-joystick.conf :

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "joystick catchall"
        MatchIsJoystick "on"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        Driver "joystick"
        Option "StartKeysEnabled" "False"       #Disable mouse
        Option "StartMouseEnabled" "False"      #support

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).


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playing Heroes 3 under Linux

October 29, 2015 Leave a comment

I don’t play much but a few days ago I decided to play with Heroes 3 again. 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.


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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


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.


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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