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Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By Hamish, 29 November 2011 at 7:52 pm UTC

Okay, not trying to start a flame war, but I make a few points?

I am all in favour of being open minded about games and not participating in genre chauvinism, and Linux is definitely good to you in this regard, as it does encourage you to play games of all sorts. Which is why I am leery of comments like the ones above, especially the kind of negative perception of shooter and especially first person shooter games. Now, this is my favourite genre, and not just for any kind of visceral thrill. I like the first person perspective and find it one of the best ways to interact with a game enviroment.

It is also a surprisingly good medium as a storyteller, in some ways better than some other genres as it is very good at placing you in the world at your own devices. That is not a complaint against other genres, a lot of them do it well in many different ways, but in my experience FPS games have offered me the best of these experiences. Even in games with no cut-scense or NPCs the exploration of a fluid world has always been very palpable to me. I remember playing Hexen II a long time ago when I was considerably younger just messing around, bashing barrels, destroying the moat, seeing what I could do.

In fact, I think that hits it on the head. Interactive actions games are probably unequalled in the amount it just allows you to mess around with the game enviroment. True, there are some genres based entirely on this principle, such as your classic adventure, but these games are often too scripted to offer you the same amount of freedom. There are also sim games where you can build your own world which can capture this fairly well, but there is a difference between exploring and building and I think both are valuable for any child or anyone growing up with games to experience.

I know for a fact that playing it was playing Doom which got me to learn how to program. Playing Blood and Shogo, believe it or not, helped my writing no end. Plus the innate technical side coupled to such games is also a valuable asset in teaching people how computers and games work, and I sincerely believe that if you just come into it to play games and not learn about them you have missed the point. I see your seventeen year old is into programming games, which I find very good, and which may have been encouraged by some of the shooter games he has played, as well as others. I do know that it was games like Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, and Quake that made the modding scene what it is today and created many of the talented programmers we have today.

And, while it is good that your kids (can I really refer to another seventeen year old as a kid?) are into many different genres, I would be careful in making statements such as "I would like to raise kids that know how to get along with other people." That has nothing to do with the games they play but the world they live in and how the learn to react. And I think many gamers would be insulted by that premise. You seem to have been a really caring parent, so I doubt you really have to worry about your kids turning into physcos. Playing Doom or Quake or whatever young people today are playing is not going to do that to them. The fact that you took care of them and yes, played games with them, should ensure that.

And one final note, I notice you included Lugaru in your list up there. While it is a very good and skilful game, it is a bit of a strange choice to pick a game of which the premise is rabbits beating on each other. In fact, I would say it is more violent than my almost daily Quake 3 matches. Just saying.

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 29 November 2011 at 4:41 am UTC

"So the question to win is...Why do you want a copy? "

It's for my kids - if teenagers can be called kids anymore!

I have always tried to find games for them that stretched their minds a little bit more than "Frag 'em" type games are capable of. They love to play those kind of games, it's probably human nature. But part of a parent's duty is to provide some options, so that they can develop in ways that they don't yet know that they need.

Way back when I still had Windows in the house, it was Myst and Riven. Plenty of conflict, but not a gorefest. Now, with only Linux in the house, I have tried to find alternatives to the kinds of things they play on the Internet. My 13 year old is a major Minecraft fan. The 17 year old prefers programming and FPS games. Oh, well. Recently, I have taken to getting most of the Humble Bundle sets. They really liked Worlds of Goo, Gish, Lugaru, And Yet it Moves, Atom Zombie Smasher, Blocks that Matter and Voxatron. I liked Samorost and Machinarium. But then, I am still satisfied with Angband/Nethack, Rocks 'n' Diamonds and some form of Mahjohng puzzle.

At least they aren't stuck with all violent games. I would like to raise kids that know how to get along with other people.

Now Beep looks like it gives people options. It is a very attractive game visually. It has a broad range of game play, not just puzzles or shooting or exploration. It would offer something besides straight shoot-em-ups. It would be another option for my boys development.

The downside is that I would finally have to buy a modern graphics card. Drat! ;-)

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 28 November 2011 at 1:15 pm UTC

I would love a beeping copy of beep. I only use beeping linux on my beeping laptop and beeping desktop. Winning a beeping copy would be beeping great!

thanks

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 28 November 2011 at 8:46 am UTC

I want that game because i don't give a BEEP about this competition!

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By Mr E, 28 November 2011 at 3:08 am UTC

Because:
I deserve it and my kids too... and I feel lucky
:)
Really, I'm teaching my kids the Linux world, they love it right now, and a nice game will be the cherry on top.
Regards
::: ... :::

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By Hamish, 28 November 2011 at 12:49 am UTC

Looks like fedvasu and helios are in the lead as it were. At least, that is how I call it.

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 28 November 2011 at 12:47 am UTC

I don't want it.

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 28 November 2011 at 12:30 am UTC

I've played a lot of games on Linux, but I've never bought one. I'm curious as to what the paid Linux games have to offer though and if I won this I would get the chance to find out for free.

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 27 November 2011 at 11:42 pm UTC

As a non funded non profit that rebuilds computers for disadvantaged kids, I would love to give the game to a deserving recipient of one of our computers.

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 27 November 2011 at 11:30 pm UTC

I am poor boy from third world , with super-slow internet connection and can't donate even a penny to indie devels even if i want to!!

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 27 November 2011 at 2:27 pm UTC

Because the game looks fun and I just got a video card capable of running it.

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 27 November 2011 at 1:08 pm UTC

I just want BEEP because I'm expanding my collection of Linux indie games and this awesome game can't be left off!

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 27 November 2011 at 9:45 am UTC

I really can win a beep copy?

Well, i love play at my linux os. It's better than a weekend breakfast!

I really appreciate your work to spread our favorite OS and support a free way to play. Thanks a lot.

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By Hamish, 26 November 2011 at 10:31 pm UTC

Because I know where you live.... Muhahaha!

Seriously though, I do not know of any good reason why, except I do not have it. :P

And just to best everyone else here I have Linux installed on 6 desktops here, one laptop (and will be two soon), one router box, and I have installed it on my Aunt's computer. We are also planning on getting a Linux partition set up for our Uncle well.

We are breeding followers... *cackles again with much merriment*

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 26 November 2011 at 8:00 pm UTC

I like to win the copy, because I both use linux in my laptop at home and on my pc at work.
I like to play limbo both in house and at job!!!!

Copy of BEEP to give away from Gameolith!
By , 26 November 2011 at 7:22 pm UTC

Just because ...
I'm using Linux on desktop and notebook and have lots of Linux games. But Beep is missing on that list.
That's why.
:D

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Bumadar, 1 December 2011 at 5:40 pm UTC

got no email response about clockwork man 1, but they did reply on the desura forum, if you copy the-clock-work man from the desura folder to your home and start it from the command line it does work

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Liam Dawe, 27 November 2011 at 12:55 pm UTC

I decided to buy Thunder Fleets since I love a good RTS game...

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Bumadar, 27 November 2011 at 10:45 am UTC

Quoting: "Hamish, post: 2699, member: 6"Ah, yes, Chris Barrie was in that one wasn't he?

he was, and brilliantly :)
just noticed there was even a release in 2010, somehow it totally vanished from my radar after nr 2 (and the pinball/puzzle nonces) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_the_Sorcerer_(series)

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Bumadar, 27 November 2011 at 10:39 am UTC

well finished clockwork man II, was quiet fun actually, albeit a bit short.
could not get clockwork man I to run, just white screen, send support request but no answer yet.

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Hamish, 26 November 2011 at 10:36 pm UTC

Quoting: "Bumadar, post: 2693, member: 93"simon the sorcerer hrhr


Ah, yes, Chris Barrie was in that one wasn't he?

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Bumadar, 26 November 2011 at 6:38 am UTC

adventure time :)
clockwork man, hope I am still as good at adventures as in the old days..... simon the sorcerer hrhr

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Liam Dawe, 25 November 2011 at 10:27 pm UTC

Thanks added :)

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By Liam Dawe, 25 November 2011 at 9:08 pm UTC

Updated to add more deals!

Game Sales and lower game prices - get it while it's hot!
By MyGameCompany, 25 November 2011 at 3:26 am UTC

My sale is now on!

Ensign 1 kickstarter update!
By , 2 December 2011 at 10:24 pm UTC

There are no recent articles but screenshots and videos with short descriptions of what we have been working on are more regular occurrences.

Ensign 1 kickstarter update!
By Liam Dawe, 2 December 2011 at 3:27 pm UTC

I look forward to a new update as checking that page no update for some time either :(

Ensign 1 kickstarter update!
By Brandon Smith, 2 December 2011 at 3:15 pm UTC

We'll have a new video coming out soon, should be the update you are looking for.
In the meantime, the best place to stay current on the game is our indiedb page
http://www.indiedb.com/games/ensign-1

vs the Kickstarter page.

Doom 3 source code released
By , 27 November 2011 at 11:49 pm UTC

If you are interested in hacking on this you are better off checking out http://www.iodoom3.org/ from the guys who do http://ioquake3.org/ (http://icculus.org guys). TTimos github will remain the reference version that other people fork off, he will not be merging anything except architecture stuff to ensure it runs on current platforms and that's it.