Playing StarCraft II Beta: My Thoughts and Experience

Last week, I received my Closed Beta invitation to StarCraft II and immediately I downloaded the client - which took me 16 hours - and installed the game. I was very excited of course, more than a decade of waiting for the greatest Real-Time Strategy game history.

Join me as I show you what’s inside and what to expect with StarCraft II!

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Vote now: Video Games Store in Ubuntu Store

When we talk about Ubuntu and Linux in general, gaming is almost always out of the basket. Most games were and are being developed using Microsoft®’s DirectX®. Because it is proprietary and the company is holding “All Rights” to it, the Linux world can not implement nor include and install it in the OS (to begin with, DirectX won’t work on Linux because Microsoft doesn’t want to).

True that there are more and more games that are being developed in OpenGL but most of the games gamers want are still DirectX based. Yes there is WINE (which means WINE is Not an Emulator) to make DirectX games run on Linux, but it requires some tweaking, reading, researching, and time to make games work flawlessly - something most gamers are not willing to invest in.

But the real question is: what are other ways of attracting and raising the gaming bar in Linux, specifically Ubuntu? One is by adding a “Game Store". With the introduction of the Ubuntu Store in “Lucid Lynx", adding a “Game Store” will be easier.

This was the suggestion of Liso22 over at Ubuntu Brainstorm. A good suggestion, a suggestion worth looking at.

Liso22 has this to say:

Indie developers right now are creating awesome and games, shooters, platformers and so on, they aren’t the ones who could only create a pac-man clone or solitaire anymore, they are creating real games but just have no way of distributing them. But they face a tough challenge when it comes to distribution. Adding an easy way for them to sell their games in Ubuntu would solve both our two problems and theirs, getting us a new source of revenue and at the same time therefore securing support from game developers for the OS.

There are a couple of suggestions or “solutions” and these are what I voted for:

  1. Solution #1: Expanding the Ubuntu One Store to add videogames
  2. Solution #3: Get VALVe to release Steam for Linux (my note: it’s going to happen soon)
  3. Solution #6: Sell Com[m]ercial games on Ubuntu Software Center
  4. Solution #7: offer automatic .deb creation for (my note: for other games as well, not just pygame)

What do you think? You can vote here: Idea #24241: Few sources of revenue / No games in Ubuntu.

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AddOn: WoWMap

The first addon I want to share is WoWMap. I admit, I was a World of Warcraft player and I really like the worldmap feature of that game.

WoWMap gives us that functionality and feel. Taking it from the author:

Tired of having to work your way through that annoying dropdown menu every time you want to check something on a different map? Then WoWMap is for You! The aim of WoWMap is to make the worldmap of RoM feel like you may know it from WoW i.e. the map handling will be changed to feel more like WoW.

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