Friday Means FUN!
Today is Friday, and regardless of what Rebecca Black might say, we don't all gotta get down. Some of us just want to play games. If you're under the impression gaming is reserved for Windows users, you are sadly mistaken. Here's a few I like:
Arcade Fun - M.A.R.S.
M.A.R.S. is a silly little game with great graphics and fast gameplay. It's the sort of game you can start playing at the beginning of a commercial break, and be knee deep in fun by the time your show starts again.
M.A.R.S. includes a great tutorial mode for people like me that struggle with games. If you're are an Ubuntu user, M.A.R.S. has a ppa for simple installation. The M.A.R.S. homepage is here.
Strategy - MegaGlest
MegaGlest is based on the game Glest, which is probably not too surprising based on its name. MegaGlest is a 3D realtime strategy game. The gameplay is similar to other RTS games, in that your job is to battle with your opponent to take over the world. Very Linux-minded.
MegaGlest is simple to install by executing the downloadable installer. It installs into your home directory, so superuser access isn't required. The MegaGlest homepage is here.
First Person Shooter - Alien Arena
I often recommend Open Area to Linux users, because it's open source and lots of fun. I had to mention Alien Arena this time, however, because a FPS with a scifi theme is pretty cool. Like most first person shooter type games, the goal is pretty simple: Blow up the other guy. Alien Arena has some great graphics and excellent maps.
Installing Alien Arena is a little tougher to install, as it requires you to compile from source. The compilation isn't too terrible, but it's definitely not a click and go endeavor. Here is their website, which offers download options.
While I'm not a "gamer" in the traditional sense, I do enjoy playing computer games occasionally. There is a big misunderstanding in the computer world about Linux having no gaming support. That's just not true. If you'd like me to blog more about Linux gaming options, let me know in the comment section. Oh, and sorry for that Rebecca Black link, but someone sent it to me, and misery loves company!
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