Tagged: Theme

As you see now (01/09/2010), LGN’s theme has been changed to the temporary http://LinuxGamingNews.wordpress.com theme, I want to give it another shoot and see if you like it.
The few things I didn’t like about the old “dark” theme is that when I highlight things in bold, the changes barley seen, the text isn’t clear and the page width is lower (although the latter I can change).
Also both themes “suffer” from “long posts” unlike the original old lgn.linux-hardcore.com theme, the whole post is shown and not only the summery.

So I’ve made a new poll in which you can decide again, what theme would you prefer for LGN :

The current theme :

The previous theme :

lgn.linux-hardcore.com theme :

If you have an idea about a whole different theme, please reply below.

Two weeks ago I’ve started the LGN Theme contest, but so far there wasn’t even one submission.
I would like to think that you are working hard and pushing the limits to the last day, but there is also the possibility that the prize isn’t good enough.
Leszek Sta?czyk from the Polish GNU/Linux game reseller Wupra has offered Airline Tycoon Deluxe or Knights and Merchants to the winner of the LGN Theme Contest.
This in addition to Sleep Is Death which was the first prize.

I’ve also extended the contest and all submissions must be emailed until the 30/06/2010 .
The next day I’ll put a vote for one week (if there will be any competitors that is…).
More info could be found at the first LGN Theme Contest post

Leszek Sta?czyk writes :
Wupra (read voopra) is Linux Game store located in Poland and our main customers are from Poland.
My store is on-line since 21 August 2009.
Linux games are twice expensive for Poles than for British, German or French customers.
I’d like change it a little so I offer many games for Linux with the lower price as it’s possible (of course mainly for customers from Poland).
Price is very important so I don’t sell games which are overpriced more than it’s rational.
I’d like add some cheap games with English language version (final price maybe lower).

If you want suggest any other game with cheap price, don’t be shy and send an
e-mail: info@wupra.com to us and we see what we can do.

Upon checking the Wupra store, the Polish (sometimes even include Russian) versions of the games are indeed very cheap, but while the English versions are much more costly they are still the cheapest you can find on the net ! (Native GNU/Linux Box versions).
The shop offers many games from LGP, RuneSoft, id software, Epic Games, indies and many more…
So even if you are not a Polish or Russian – it’s still worth taking a look at this online store.

Also I’ve asked Leszek Sta?czyk a few questions :

1. Will you offer a download versions (like Tuxgames) ?
I’d like too but I’m not a programmer so I can’t work on my own, I need somebody to help me with it.
BTW – Bandwidth is not a problem at all.

2. What about the English versions of the Polish games like Doom3 +Expansion, Unreal Anthology, E.T:Quake Wars etc… ?
Even if they will be more expensive then the Polish but less expensive then those games at other shops – it could be still worth it.

I’m working on it, I must find suppliers in UK.

3. Some “Polish” marked games on your website like “Unreal Anthology” and “Prey” says “English” if you look at their data sheet.
So are they in Polish or English ?

They are in English but UT2004 have only polish subtitles, English was ripped of by CD-Project.
I applied a patch for UT2004 but there are only partial English files.
When I say Polish that mean Polish cover, manual and Polish language if game have English language game data I added this information to “Data Sheet”.
I can’t add English subtitles without permission from Epic Games.

So if the data is in English, does it mean the whole game (not cover and manual) is in English ?
Correctly, only UT2004 text/subtitles are incomplete for other language than Polish, but the voices and the menus are in English.
I can ask Polish distributor for access and permission for add full English (or other) subtitles or Ryan help (he helped me with Postal X, I got permission from RWS to use Linux binary of Postal, Postal 2). I added information about ripped of English version.
Also it is possible to order the Full English version with manual and cover but at least 30 requests are needed.

Polish version of Prey is a little more complicated because there are 4 polish editions :
First edition is without polish game data (and polish distributor didn’t give me permission to add polish version.
That’s weird because their claim that they can’t because they can’t) but other have it.
2 latest edition have game data package in .bin files (Windows only).
Prey have Polish cover and manual and language version listed on page description in data sheet.

Can we remove the Polish subtitles from Unreal Anthology ?
I don’t want to make anyone confused, but if you think I should rename Unreal Antologia POLISH to Unreal Anthology I can do it.
For examples of Polish version of Defcon have Polish cover without manual, Polish game data but Linux version support only English language so I didn’t add POLISH for English description.

Other games with English and Polish game data but with Polish manual and cover:
– Doom 3 (Polish sounds are so stupid especially if some served in army,soldiers don’t talk with that stupid way)
– Tactical Ops: Wojna z Terrorem

Links :
LGN Theme contest
Airline Tycoon Deluxe
Knights and Merchants
Sleep Is Death

Last month LGN held a contest which frankly was very disappointing.
Only one person officially participated and won by default.
I suspect that it might be because it’s hard for many people to find GNU/Linux gaming related news, specially those that weren’t yet published on any news website.

Yesterday again the LGN daily visits record was broken, and reached 2,972 visitors (thanks to linux.org.ru), so it’s time for another contest…
This time the contest is oriented towards artists and web designers, although anyone can take part in it.
After the first week, LGN settled up on a wordpress theme which doesn’t really represent the websites theme – GNU/Linux Gaming News (and I was always too lazy to add the logo banners I’ve made very long time ago).
So I want you to create a WordPress theme which you think will represent LGN !

The Rules :
1. Must have a ‘Linux Gaming News’ logo at the top or top left if a mini-logo is used (I’ve attached 2 logos I’ve created at the end of this post, you may create others).
2. Must NOT be pornographic/racial/political/hate oriented theme .
3. Must be a WordPress theme which I could easily install (without too much configurations) :

  • Can be in a *.zip format which installs trough the WordPress management page.
  • Can be uploaded to any wordpress theme website (there are plenty), just upload and sent me the link to get/view it.

4. Must have at least one screenshot so I can put a vote on the LGN website.
5. All the submitted themes must be released by the author under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license (or later) or some other free license.

  • If you change/edit an existing theme to create your own work – be sure to have the full rights to do so and release it under the creative commons license (if it isn’t already under the CC-BY-SA) or other free license.

How will the winner be chosen ?
The winner will be chosen by the voters (the participators may also vote, but please vote just once), but I will have a veto if the chosen theme will be drastically worse in my opinion then the others or the current theme.

Please do NOT make threads asking people or/and friends to vote for your theme, make it fair and may the best theme win.

The Prizes
The prize will be “Sleep Is Death” which I wrote about earlier.
This game is for artists and level designers (if you want to play the “dungeon master”) and will suite this contest well.
In addition to Sleep Is Death the winner could choose from Airline Tycoon Deluxe and Knights And Merchants offered from Wupra.

This contest however is not about the prize, but about the community and creativity.
Please note that your themes may be used for other sites as it will be released under a free license.

As explained in the “Rules” section ALL submitted works must be released by their authors under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license (or later) or some other FREE license.

How to participate in the contest
Please submit all themes to : mb2love [at] gmail (dot) com
The subject of the email must be “For The LGN Contest 2”
The email must contain a .zip file or a link to your theme, and at least one screenshot.
Don’t forget to include your name and/or a nick.

Logos (you may create others).

All competitors must send me an email by 30/06/2010.
At the next day the 01/07/2010 I will make a poll on the website so you can vote for the winner which will be up for one week.
After that I will post the results.

Good Luck And May The Best Theme Win !

Linux Gaming News
LGN Contest 1
The winner of the first contest.
Creative Commons
Sleep Is Death
Airline Tycoon Deluxe
Knights and Merchants