Friday, March 30, 2007

Harder Than It Should Be

Open Football

I'm really excited this morning. Go on, ask me why! Well, since you asked :-) it's because I came across a new football game project... Open Football. Ok, it's only available from SVN, the game is far from complete, but look at the screenshot. It looks full of potential! Project description:

"Open Football aims to become the new best multiplatform soccer game that everyone can enjoy. Providing arcade style playing while still mantaining the manager side of the game ensures hours of high quality, nail bitting fun."

I'm giddy just imagining it. I hope they set up some more infrastructure (think nicer phpBB forums, mailing lists etc) so people can get involved. As all you budding developers [should] know, infrastructure fosters communities. No infrastructure, no community! And the forums are a pile of stinking <censored> so don't rely on those. ;-)

So, yeah, I want to install Freeciv 2.1beta3 on my Linux laptop. What's this? I have to compile it myself? And people wonder why desktop-Linux take-up is so slow? I mean, for the love of Mary, I'm using Ubuntu... the most popular distro... yet I have to trawl forums looking for .debs of the latest release of one of the most popular Linux games, finding only broken links and "email me for it" posts. Why don't people embrace solutions like Autopackage? This is a topic I might have a big whine about someday here on FG.

Whilst searching, I did come across GetDeb. This is a nice idea, a community run portal for uploading unofficial packages for Ubuntu. There's quite a few games listed. (It amuses me that the 'games' category id is 1.) I think Autopackage needs something similar in order to bolster it's popularity. The way they list their packages is, well, rubbish.

Ok I ran out of things to talk about.

Music tip:

Jesse Garcia - Work This Pussy

*childish chuckles*


Uomo Ragno said...

awesome!! Finally a Pro Evolution Soccer alternative !!!!

ThatJerk said...

Yes that screenshoot looks incredible, I hope it will reach beyond beta.

Charlie said...

Don't hold your breath. I'd say it's still alpha quality from what I can see of development.

On a tangent, I came across tons more things to talk about just after finishing that post. Damn, I should have been more patient. But I guess there's always next week. :-)

Anonymous said...

Go Open Football go! [:

Anonymous said...

I hope they will include some real leagues & players :] Not just Barkeloona, Romaldinio etc. ;)

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting the getdeb link. I have been looking for a place like that. However the getdeb link is incorrect, it should be

Steve said...

I'm with you regarding having to compile games. I almost downloaded Battles of Antargis...

Anonymous said...

 Meh. I compile crap all the time. It never bothers me much, as long as they don't use SCons. (For some reason, it's like there are bugs in SCons that target me specifically.)

  I usually install all the major -devel packages anyway by force of habit (hey, disk space is cheap), and I have a nice fast machine with plenty of ram, so compiling's a breeze. 10-15 minutes of crap flying by in a console and I'm ready to go with most programs. I've spent longer than that trying to download a damn half-life update on that friggin' filefront site. (Are you SURE you wouldn't like to skip the line and sign up for the premium servers?? PLEASE?)

  Oh yeah, and checkinstall kicks ass.

  Autopackage is nice enough, but I don't much care for the developers' "everybody sucks but us" attitude. That, and it totally borked my MANPATH variable on my debian stable box.

Anonymous said...

I hope you'll like the new screenshot ;)

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