Troy Hepfner from “My Game Company” asked me to publish this request for a GNU/Linux testers for his upcoming game Dirk Dashing 2.
Dirk Dashing 2 is almost ready for its pre-order release, and I could use a little help testing the Linux version!
I’m using a new Linux installer this time around, and I want to make sure it works. I recently became aware that my Bitrock installers (which I used for my other games) were crashing on Fedora 15, and although the latest version of Bitrock fixes the problem, I can’t afford to upgrade. So I’ve switched to InstallJammer. This is my first installer I’ve made with it. I’ve already found and fixed a lot of initial issues that my testers found, but now I want to open it up to test on a wider set of distributions.
In return, you get to play through the demo a week ahead of it’s official pre-order release. Let me know if you find any bugs, and feel free to comment on the game itself – especially if you like it (I could use the encouragement)! Suggestions are also welcome, though bear in mind that any enhancement requests probably won’t make it into the initial beta release.
You can download the demo beta from here:
The game uses OpenGL, and requires the use of accelerated graphics drivers. It’s 32-bit, so if you’re using a 64-bit distribution, make sure you have the 32-bit compatibility package installed. I’m not sure if some distributions have them by default, or if you have to manually install them.
Please e-mail me regarding any bugs, comments, suggestions, etc at email@example.com
Thanks for your help! I hope you enjoy the demo!
My Game Company
For those of you outside the United States (like myself), Black Friday is the day after the American Thanksgiving holiday that marks the first official shopping day of Christmas. It is the day when retailers offer all kinds of incredible sales opportunities that they hope will put them in the black for the year (enabling them to finish the year with a profit).
So several game developers offer wonderful discounts on their titles.
The family friendly game developers and resellers My Game Company offers 70% discount of their Dirk Dashing: Secret Agent title, that’s just $5.99USD.
This offer is for one day only which will be this Friday, November 26 2010 , so if you ever though that the price is too high for this game – now is your chance.
Just buy the game on that day and use the coupon word “BLACKFRIDAY” to get the discount.
Also, Thomas at Basilisk Games is offering a special deal.
This Friday, when you buy a copy of Eschalon: Book II, you’ll receive a free copy of Eschalon: Book I !
You must purchase your copy of Eschalon: Book II from either Basilisk Games or My Game Company (not through Steam, Impulse, etc) this Friday.
Then on Saturday, Thomas will go through his sales and send out a download link for Book I to everyone who purchased Book II the previous day.
But that’s not all, the developers of addictive retro games, Puppy Games is offering 3 games deal : You get Ultratron, Titan Attacks and Droid Assault for $6.97USD only – at this price, you cannot afford not to buy them.
All of those games have a native GNU/Linux clients off-course.
If you know of other GNU/Linux native “Black Friday” offers, please feel free to comment below.
Troy Hepfner the president of My Game Company has posted sad news on the Linux Hardcore forums regarding GNU/Linux versions of Grubby Games :
“Earlier this week, Big Fish Games, which bought out indie developer Grubby Games last year, canceled affiliate sales for the Linux versions of all games produced by Grubby Games. Their games include The Amazing Brain Train, FizzBall, My Tribe, Professor Fizzwizzle, and Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery. I’ve had to remove the Linux versions of these games from my site.
I wrote to Big Fish Games to ask them about this move, and they were not willing to reconsider. They want all sales of the games to come through the Big Fish Games site, and right now they have no plans to add a Linux section to their site.
At the moment, the Linux versions are still available on the Grubby Games site, but I don’t know for how long. If what BFG told me is true, then I suspect the Linux versions might be discontinued soon (because they have no provision for Linux on their site).
If you were ever interested in any of these games, you might consider buying them now before Big Fish Games discontinues them entirely. The games are only $6.99 each. Some sales of the Linux versions might send a message to Big Fish Games (one of the largest online casual game portals) about how you feel about having Linux support for games. The Grubby Games site is http://grubbygames.com
I realize the audience here is probably made up of more hardcore gamers than casual gamers, but still this is a good way to get the attention of a major game publisher. If one takes notice, others might too.
Note: just to be clear, I won’t be getting any commission or credit for any sales of these games. I just don’t want to see the Linux versions discontinued. There are so few commercial games for Linux as it is, and these were some pretty good games.”
Lets hope that they will reconsider this step and make a GNU/Linux section for the already developed games and continue developing new games for GNU/Linux.
My Game Company
Troy Hepfner Post On LxH
Big Fish Games