The Realm! Point and Click Adventure Game, needs your help!

I dont normaly post things like this, since it’s not related to errors or configuring something in Linux, but the devs @ “Atomhawk” have just announced that they will be creating a Linux Version! The artwork for this game is looking amazing, and i cant wait for it to finish! They need funding on Kickstarter, so im spreading the word to all Linux Gamers, about the news! If we can get them to their goal, not only will we have a awesome game available for Linux, but hopefuly they will continue to support Linux for future game releases!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995134339/the-realm-game?ref=live

Check it out. I would love to see them overwhelming struck with a storm of Linux supporters.

-Orkultus-

Americas Army 2.5 (Not Dead!) in Linux

I use to play Americas Army 2.5 in Linux a while back. Then when AA 3 came out, they didn’t make a native linux client. After that 2.5 wouldn’t find servers for people to play on. So a group of people had made this awesome client for those people who still wanted to play AA 2.5! I know this news is old, and it’s been out for a while; but for those who didn’t know that it was still possible to play 2.5 in Linux…well you still can. Here is the setup walkthrough.

1.) Install the client “aa25assist“, from this site http://aa25assist.sourceforge.net/

2.) Grab a copy of the Linux version, and extract into a new folder.

3.) In the Terminal (In your new folder dir), make the “25Assist” launcher excutable with “chmod +x 25Assist

4.) then run it like so “./25Assist

5.) It will then open a window that will connect to the server and ask you if you would like to start downloading AA2.5 or Find a installed folder of the game.

6.) Once this is installed, you will need to create a battletracker account. The button on the right of the window labeled “Battletracker“, will take you to the site to do so.

7.) After the download, it may show in the list as (In Red) “libstdc++5 is not installed”. Just click the install button next to it.

8.) Now down in the left corner, login to your Battletracker account.

That should be it!. You can then play in the “Training” modes, or go to the “Deploy” tab to find people playing online in servers!

25Assist

And of course if your using a Optimus system, dont forget to use optirun, like so “optirun ./25Assist” or primusrun if you would like!

I hoped this helped, and have fun! Maybe you will see me on there sometime.

-Orkultus-

My constant use of terminal commands (This is for new Linux users)

For those new people who read my blog, and are new to Linux, and are not use to using a terminal; I know i explain things by terminal commands alot…and im sorry. I personaly believe that getting use to the terminal, and learning to love it, is the best way to understand how linux works. Some time soon i will write a post for those who want to learn their way around it. It is a very important part of linux. It can help you fix many errors / crashes, when a GUI is not available. (Trust me, i have had to deal with many Xorg crashes in my life). Having a unix command prompt has saved me many times. I know it can be intimidating, but you will thank yourself later for taking the time to learn the commands. It will eventually grow on you, and you will find yourself using it alot, because it just seems quicker, and easier to do.

I personally am so use to a terminal, that when i sit down at a “Windows” PC; it starts driving me crazy, because it’s not there, and i feel like i need it (Maybe it’s just me). When i use the command prompt in windows (Dos Prompt), i found myself using linux commands instead of dos commands, and found out that i actually have forgotten many dos commands (Not like im worried about it at all) 😉

Anyway. If you have any questions or comments, or would like me to teach you a few things about the terminal, just let me know! Always glad to help out!

-Orkultus-

How To: Nvidia 319.23 drivers in Ubuntu based systems (With Bumblebee)

So when i found out the latest drivers from nvidia claimed to have tru optimus support for linux, i got excited about it, and thought “yay no more bumblebee”. As i read a bit more, i found out that in order for the new optimus feature to work, you had to have xrender1.4 installed. I personally couldn’t get it compiled and installed, nor could i find any .deb package for it yet. So i found a way to use the 319.23 driver within bumblebee. Here is what i did.

1.) I had to add the ppa to my system from the Xorg-Edgers PPA “sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa”

2.) Then update of course “sudo apt-get update

3.) Since i was running with just the standard nvidia-current driver, i had to uninstall a few things. “sudo apt-get remove bumblebee-nvidia nvidia-current nvidia-settings

4.) After this i then had to re-install with the newest version “sudo apt-get install bumblebee-nvidia nvidia-319 nvidia-settings-319

5.) Then i just restarted my computer.

So now i am running 319.23 drivers! (319.23 version updated)

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Until we can finally remove bumblebee (Although they gave us optimus support, and i thank them for that), we shall use it this way. If there are any updates about using the driver without having to use bumblebee, i will keep you posted. If you run into a way of doing so before i do, please let me know!

Also as a reminder to view your nvidia-settings screen, run it like so in a terminal “optirun nvidia-settings -c :8“. I hope this helps out!

-Orkultus-

Streaming to Twitch.tv in Ubuntu Linux!

So apparently i am writing this like a new post. I had a script for streaming to twitch.tv with ffmpeg, but apparently it doesn’t work for that anymore. So i found a script on github that i will share with you. This time it is using avconv.

Open a terminal, and create a file in your home directory or where ever you want, and name it “twitch-stream“, with this command “touch twitch-stream“. Then open it with a editor, and add this script to it.

#! /bin/bash
# originaly from http://tinyurl.com/twitch-linux from taladan
# gist created by brodul
INRES=”1600×900″ # input resolution
OUTRES=”1600×900″ # Output resolution
FPS=”30″ # target FPS
QUAL=”ultrafast”
STREAM_KEY=$(cat ~/.twitch_key)
avconv \
-f x11grab -s $INRES -r “$FPS” -i :0.0 \
-f alsa -ac 2 -i pulse \
-vcodec libx264 -s $OUTRES -preset $QUAL \
-acodec libmp3lame -ar 44100 -threads 6 -qscale 3 -b 712000 -bufsize 512k \
-f flv “rtmp://live.twitch.tv/app/$STREAM_KEY”
Ok so apparently this one is simular to the last one i had on here.
1.) set your INRES=
2.) set your OUTRES=
3.) set your FPS=
4.) you can set your QUAL=  <– i have it set to ultrafast. Really depends on your bandwith
5.) this script is telling us to put your live twitch key in a file in your home directory called “.twitch_key” .. so in our home directory we just type in “touch .twitch_key“, and then get our key from http://twitch.tv/broadcast. (you must be logged in to twitch.tv, and press the “Show Key” button on the right) Copy and past your key into “.twitch_key”, then save it.
6.) then run “chmod +x twitch-stream
I just tested this out on my laptop and i had to install something extra, because it was giving me an error “Unrecognized option ‘preset’ Failed to set value ‘ultrafast’ for option ‘preset’“. So i did “sudo apt-get install libavcodec-extra-53", and tried to run my script again. It started up, and i was able to view it on my twitch page. Also found out that sound wasn't working, so i noticed in the script that it is using libmp3lame. So make sure you install lame with "sudo apt-get install lame". It should now work well.
I hope this works out better than the last script with ffmpeg. I know it was working for me when i first created that last one, but it wasn’t working when i just tried it. Sorry for all that confusion.
-Orkultus-
PS: if you want to stream to justin.tv, you just change the line on the bottom from “rtmp://live.twitch.tv/app/$STREAM_KEY“, to “rtmp://live.justin.tv/app/$STREAM_KEY

From Linux Mint 14 64bit, to Peppermint OS Three 32bit.

Ok, so im the type of person who likes to switch around with linux distros alot. Mostly to learn and discover new things. I recently re-installed my laptop with my other favorite distro called Peppermint OS Three ” http://peppermintos.com “. I went to 32bit, with pae support. I was interested in seeing the difference on how things handled between 32bit and 64bit. Since ive always had  a computer running 64bit distros, i was only use to having to deal with installing lib32 files in order to get things to work. So using 32bit linux is a bit of a new thing to me. I mean i did use 32bit linux years ago, before 64bit existed, but in this day in age, things have changed. So far i find it very simple, and less annoying not having to install 32bit libs. Of course im still really use to downloading 64bit packages, and forgetting that i am running 32bit..haha. Oh well, its been pretty fun. As for installing this 32bit Peppermint OS Three on my Acer V3-771G. It wasn’t much different than how i had to install Linux Mint 14.

-Orkultus-