Tagged: Hemisphere Games

As promised a few days ago, LGN making a contest with a prize for the winner and hopefully for all of us, here is the back-story…

When Osmos was released for GNU/Linux at 28/04/2010 I published the good news on LGN.
Telling people how cheap this game is I just had to buy it myself (to serve an example and because the game is really worth it).
Hemisphere Games The developers of Osmos wrote a blogposts that whoever publishes their game on his Blog, will get a free Osmos copy !
As I didn’t write the news about Osmos to get a free copy, and bought the game to support the developers, I didn’t think Hemisphere Games would contact me and still give me the game which I can give as a gift (or a prize) for anyone I want.
So now I have a prize to give – a copy of Osmos for all 3 platforms (I just couldn’t disable the Windows and MacOS versions ).

But what about a reason for the contest ? for the celebration ?
The day I wrote the Osmos article I was linked to LinuxToday.com .
The same day LGN broke all visitor records and gained 666 visits.
The next day LGN broke the records again with an amazing 1,089 visits ! (again thanks to LinuxToday.com)

So now we have a reason and a prize – but what about the rules of the game ?
The contest must be fruitful for LGN and the GNU/Linux gaming community (and I don’t mean to create a new logo for LGN, I already have a logo – but I never have the time/will to mess with it, upload and configure it).

A while ago I wrote an article on how can you try to find GNU/Linux gaming related news.
I was hoping that it would help the community find more news about GNU/Linux games but unfortunately 95% of the news I write on LGN are found by myself (excluding the interviews off course, I must have someone to interview).
So as you might guessed this contest is about finding GNU/Linux gaming related news.

The Rules :
1. Must be GNU/Linux gaming related !
2. Can be about FOSS or proprietary games or gaming related stuff.
3. Must not be already published on LGN or other websites or forums.
4. Must be valid, current and backed up by some source, like the developers for example (you can’t write “there is a chance that WOW will be ported to GNU/Linux soon…without some strong and valid prof).
5. Must be a news article and not a general article or a review.

Each participant will allow me to publish the news he submitted on LGN, giving him the credit, regardless if he wins or not.

The prize
As there is only one prize which is the Osmos game for the 3 platforms (GNU/Linux, MacOSX and Windows), there is only one person who can win the prize.
And remember, it’s not about the prize, it’s about the news.

Hopefully the submitted news will make all of us winners.

How to participate in the contest
Please submit all news to : mb2love [at] gmail (dot) com
The subject of the email must be “For The LGN Contest”
Don’t forget to include your name and/or a nick.

Please do NOT submit your news for this contest as a replay to this thread (it won’t be counted).

This contest will end in 2 weeks at : 17/05/2010 !

Osmos aka The Prize !
Hemisphere Games
LGN post about Osmos

After a short testing beta Osmos from Hemisphere Games has finally arrived to GNU/Linux !
Osmos only costs $10 so you cannot afford not to buy it !
If you still aren’t sure, try the demo which is available as .deb, 32-bit .rpm, 64-bit .rpm, or .tar.gz formats !
As a compensation for those who bought the Windows version, they will also get the GNU/Linux version for free !

And now for a limited time, buy Osmos and get the soundtrack album “High Skies – Sounds of Earth” as a free download !

When I beta tested the game, it had only a few minor bugs and now when I tried the complete game, it’s just perfect !

From the website :

We’re excited to announce that Osmos has been successfully absorbed by Linux, and is now available! Our newly initiated, one-man Linux warrior, Mr David Burke, has done an amazingly quick and solid job on the port, and it’s been running smoothly on a wide variety of Linux distributions and machines. (Big thanks to all our beta testers!)
Look what just got absorbed! Check out our FAQ for a list of Linux distributions that Osmos has been confirmed to run on. Or, if you’re unsure, download the free demo (in .deb, .rpm, or .tar.gz form) here.

As always, Osmos is DRM-free.

In terms of hardware specifications, the game has been tested on all sorts of machines. Dave’s primary laptop is actually a four year-old Core 2 Duo with on-board Intel graphics, and he made sure the game would perform well on low-end machines. For the record, though, here are our “official” minimum Linux requirements:

* Processor: 1.0 GHz
* Memory: 512 MB RAM
* Video card: any hardware supporting OpenGL
* Sound card: no special hardware required; any driver supporting OpenAL

As for input, the best Osmos experience is to play with a 3-button mouse; but we’ve made sure it plays well with just a trackpad and keyboard for all the laptop folk out there. (Check the in-game control menu for details.)

For those of you who have already purchased Osmos from Hemisphere, the Linux version is already yours — just follow the link in your original purchase email. (We’ll send you all a new one in the next day or two in case you’ve lost it.) And for new players, we’re still offering our $10-deal for all three (PC + Mac + Linux) versions together.

Still to come…

1) Dave plans to write a post-mortem on his experience with doing the Linux port. Expect to hear his thoughts and feelings (and possibly gripes) on the subject in the next week or so.

2) This port is also an experiment for us as a studio. Specifically, is it worth porting games to Linux? We hope the answer is yes, but we’ll find out soon enough. And you will too. We plan to publish statistics on our sales and downloads on all three platforms in about a month’s time.

Thanks, and happy Osmoting!
-The Hemisphere Team

So GNU/Linux gamers, it’s time again to support our beloved indies who support us.
Buy Osmos not just because it’s a great game by it’s own and well worth the ridicules $10, but also for the support this studio deserves for porting his game to GNU/Linux !
Prove all the other indies that it is worth supporting us. the statistics will be published in a month, don’t disappoint them.

About Osmos :
Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack.
Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes. Propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you. But be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Relax… good things come to those who wait.
Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and challenging worlds. Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you.

Osmos Gameplay Video :


Links :
Osmos GNU/Linux FAQ