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Three for the Road: Knytt, Frogatto & Friends, and Digital: A Love Story

Three for the Road
·  · ·· November 21st, 2010: Knytt, Frogatto & Friends, and Digital: A Love Story ·· ·  ·

Another week and another three great freeware games for you to check out. A couple of them are even cross platform, so you Mac and Linux folks can also have a go. This week I've included two great 2D platformers into the mix and the third game is an exceptional work of interactive fiction created by Christine Love which explores topics oft not explored in many games.

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Caanoo Handheld.

Here is my look at the Caanoo handheld the latest offerings from Gamepark Holdings.

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The Humble Indie Bundle - "Buy" it Now! (World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, Penumbra Overture, Samorost 2)

This is a great idea for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux users, and while some losers may choose to pay these guys NOTHING - in fact, doing what amounts to piracy for what is truly a generous act - I'm sure you'll all agree with me that buying/donating money for this amazing bundle of games is not only the right thing to do, but a sound investment for the future of this type of thing (a bundle of high-end DRM free and cross-compatible games, plus source). Here's the info from the Website, so head there now and get your own bundle (

"The Humble Indie Bundle is a unique kind of bundle that we are trying out.

Pay what you want. If you bought these five games separately, it would cost around $80 but we're letting you set the price!

All of the games work great on Mac, Windows, and Linux. We didn't want to leave anyone out.

There is no middle-man. You can rest assured that 100% of your purchase goes directly to the developers and non-profits as you specify (minus the merchant fees).

We don't use DRM. When you buy these games, they are yours. Feel free to play them without an internet connection, back them up, and install them on all of your Macs and PCs freely.

Your contribution supports the amazing Child's Play charity and Electronic Frontier Foundation. By default, the amount is split equally between the seven participants (including Child's Play and EFF), but you can tweak the split any way you'd like.

And now, thanks to a humble donation from Amanita Design: all contributors are given a free copy of Samorost 2!"

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Moving on with Linux, a "Man Bag" and the Repurposing of Older Computers and Laptops

After repeated abuse from our daughters - mostly our one and a half year old - my wife's expanded Twinhead Durabook (Intel Pentium M 1.73Ghz Celeron) running Windows XP wasn't doing so well (toughbook indeed), so we went to our local office store a few weeks back and picked her up a nice 17" widescreen HP Pavilion dv9812us A

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Dirt Cheap GNU/Linux PCs

There's some buzz at some of my other blog haunts about two dirt cheap GNU/Linux PCs: Wal-Mart's Everex TC2502 Green PC and the XO Laptop.

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Windows Solitaire: The #1 Computer Game in the World Overhauled for Vista?

Although we're all avid gamers here who would most likely enjoy playing Robotron or M.U.L.E. as much as the latest first-person shooter featuring humanoids with working pituitary glands, I bet most of us spend next to no time playing Windows pack-in games--those things that show up under "GAMES" on most Windows computers--you know, Solitaire, Free Cell, and so on. Well, apparently we're in the minority--at least according to GamerScore, who claims that Windows Vista's updated in-the-box games are so much better than the originals that even Mac-heads may end up addicted to them. Basically, what we're talking about here are improved animations.

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The Best of FOSS Gaming

Neverball: Who says FOSS games are primitive?Neverball: Who says FOSS games are primitive?Terry Hancock of Free Software Magazine has published a wonderful review of several free software games for the GNU/Linux platform--and the best part is, he selected them based on the folks who would know (his kids!). I was struck by how many of these titles resemble some of my favorite Amiga shareware games, like Atomic Tanks and MOAGG (a Thrust clone). There are also some good-looking shooters, several strategy games, and a really sweet-looking 3D pinball game called Neverball. I strongly recommend that you head over to FSF and check out Terry's reviews!

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Where are the big games for GNU/Linux?

GNUGNUMitch Meyran has started an interesting discussion over at Free Software Magazine about the lack of big budget games for the GNU/Linux platform. Mitch asks some good questions: How hard could it be for a company to develop their games in OpenGL (of which DirectX 9 is a clone), something several actually already do, compile a binary and an installer for Linux, and sell it - or even wrap it along with their Win32 PE binaries? Indeed, why not? As it stands, I strongly concur with Mitch that the lack of A-list titles is one reason many folks haven't already switched to to the free OS. And, yes, we all know about Wine and the like, but are these options really practical for the typical PC gamer? While you're browsing at FSF, be sure to check out my article Games in Captivity.

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