Games Help

Hello Guys. I have assumed the Cultural Center of local Church and I plan to buy pcs. Also I will install on them openSUSE. Anyway I want for you to suggest me smart games to install, because I am not gamer. I am programmer and as you understand games for me are something unknown. I can not give in Kids C++ or Fortran or Qt for Gaming.:stuck_out_tongue:

Anyway thank you for help.:slight_smile:

What is the age of the kids? That would help to give good answers.

PC: oS 11.3 64 bit | Intel Core2 Quad Q8300@2.50GHz | KDE 4.6.3 | GeForce
9600 GT | 4GB Ram
Eee PC 1201n: oS 11.4 64 bit | Intel Atom 330@1.60GHz | KDE 4.6.0 | nVidia
ION | 3GB Ram

The ages are 10-15 years old.

Add the “Games” repo. To do so:
Start Yast
Click Software Repositories
Click Add
Pick Repositories maintained by the Community
Check “Games”

Now in the software installer, pick the repo view, hit F7, hit F8 , to hide all debug and devel packages, and you’ll have a long list of games, varying from first person shooters - in a church? don’t think so -, to gcompris - a complete suite for younger kids -, from chess programs to Penguin Racer, from Pacman to Vdrift to Kollision. The last one, package name ‘ppracer’ is amazing: I’ve seen kids litterally fall from their chairs.
Just click the title of the game in Yast, and you’ll see a description of the game.
Search Google for ‘linuxgames’, most of the listed games on the sites from your search can be installed from the openSUSE Games repo.
Also: there’s a package ‘kdegames4’, install it, it has a lot of nice little games.

Thank you Knurpht for that. I will add this repository, I know how to add. Thank you again.

stamostolias wrote:

> The ages are 10-15 years old.
As a first place to look at, there is a webpage which acts as an overview for the
openSUSE game repository, you may want to look at it
(it is called store, but you do not need to buy something it is open source).
If you click on a symbol there it shows you a screenshot and a short description.

Beside that one game I like myself and which is maybe intersting is a simulation
“Unknown Horizons”
It is available for openSUSE from here

I do not know how intersted the kids will be in the standard games for gnome and
kde (mostly card games and board games), but I would install both of them
independent of the desktop you choose
(just search for games in yast -> gnome-games and kdegames4).

PC: oS 11.3 64 bit | Intel Core2 Quad Q8300@2.50GHz | KDE 4.6.3 | GeForce 9600 GT | 4GB Ram
Eee PC 1201n: oS 11.4 64 bit | Intel Atom 330@1.60GHz | KDE 4.6.0 | nVidia ION | 3GB Ram

Very interesting Martin. Simulation gaming is very good. First time to see the Unknown Horizons, maybe i will install it also in my pc. Thank you all for your help.

That is good to know. I’m just amazed in reading this. Keep up the good work!

Hey Stamos. A great initiative IMHO :slight_smile:

I would highly recommend Frozen Bubble from the OSS repo :

grzes@opensuse:~> zypper se -s  frozen-bubble

S | Nazwa                | Typ    | Wersja     | Architektura | Repozytorium     
i | frozen-bubble        | pakiet | 2.2.0-11.1 | i586         | openSUSE-11.4 OSS
i | frozen-bubble-server | pakiet | 2.2.0-11.1 | i586         | openSUSE-11.4 OSS

It’s a clone of Puzzle Bobble, so if You want to play the original game I can highly recommend MAME (Multiple Machine Arcade Emulator). This package (advancemame) works great for me on 11.4 and has worked as well on 11.3. It is available in the emulators repo :
Index of /repositories/Emulators/openSUSE_11.4
The above link is of course valid only for openSUSE 11.4.

MAME has a very nice ‘educational’ feature because it’s easiest to run it from terminal :stuck_out_tongue: and it’s best to change the config file to specify a proper rom path.

Of course You need to download the Puzzle Bobble MAME rom in order to play the game but You can easily find a free donwload online (don’t know if it’s 100% legal to do so).

Other all time arcade classics that many kids might love but some of them may be classified as violent by the greek church standards (they sure would be classified as violent by polish church).

[li]Beat’em up[/li][LIST]
[li]Cadillacs and Dinosaurs[/li][li]Knights of the Round[/li][li]Final Fight[/li][li]Golden Axe[/li][li]Alien vs Predator[/li][li]…[/li][/ul]

[li]Shoot’em up[/li][ul]
[li]Sunset Riders[/li][li]Mystic Warriors[/li][li]…[/li][/ul]

[li]Puzzle Bobble 1, 2, 3 and 4![/li][li]Pang 3[/li][li]…[/li][/ul]

There is literally a ton of other great games to play with MAME.

Best regards and sorry for polish in the zypper output,

Which are copyrighted and which you have to own legally to use those ROMS. Remember that those games are to be played on a project from a local legal organization, therefore they can’t service ‘piracy’. Capcom actually sells some of those roms to play with emulators, but using them illegally would mean the organization could be targeted and found guilty in a court of law.

Besides are we sure we want to have small children playing the 80’s kind of games which are really violent?

Puzzle Bobble is zero violence at all :slight_smile: and great for children to play IMHO. Much better than Frozen by my books. Are You 100% sure that You need a licence for all of those ? Because I think some of those are so old that it actually might be legit to have them (though I admit I don’t know much about this).

As far as the violent games are concenred I’m sure it will be the job of the administrator in order to control the ROMS that are available to play if any.

Best regards,